Kelly Smiley: Power and Light

Aug. 2, 1977 – Nov. 17, 2022

KELLY SMILEY inspired audiences all over North Tahoe, Reno, and Baja with Tahoe Flow Arts performances like this one at Palisades Tahoe. Courtesy photo

Kelly Smiley, longtime resident and lover of the North Lake Tahoe area, was born Aug. 2, 1977. She led a life of truth and light, vulnerability and strength, power and grace. Inspired by the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe and her own personal journey of healing through the arts, Kelly founded the Tahoe Flow Arts Studio (now Tahoe Flow Arts Studio and Fitness) in Tahoe Vista in 2013, creating and cultivating a safe place for many to find acceptance and compassion while learning yoga, fitness, and performing arts.

As an incredibly talented teacher and performer, she opened the eyes of hundreds, if not thousands, of students and spectators to the magic and healing of the flow arts. The ripple effect will continue as her students and collaborators share their passions and gifts.

Kelly gave us all her most creative self and inspired others to be their most creative selves. Kelly’s impacts on her communities in Lake Tahoe and Baja have been life-changing and expansive, leaving imprints of her beauty and incredible devotion to her arts, passions, and community on those she touched, forever.


With the heaviest of broken hearts, we share that Kelly Smiley, our dear friend, teacher, student, wife, mother, sister, and daughter, was tragically lost on Nov. 17 in Mexico. Kelly became ill with influenza, and within a very short amount of time, developed a very rare type of pneumonia, staphylococcus aureus necrotizing pneumonia, which moved rapidly through her body.

We ask for the community’s patience in allowing Kelly’s husband, Kurt, and daughter, Maya, the privacy and time to be with this immense loss.

As available, more information and a formal announcement of memorial services will be shared.

To help with family expenses, donate at GoFundMe, “In Tribute to Kelly Smiley.”

~ The family


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