The Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy has been established by Emily's family to honor her memory as an actor, a dancer, a reviewer and a lover of the performing arts. The Fund will be used to support theater, dance and music projects aimed at helping the sick and disadvantaged in the interest of making their lives better and brighter through the performing arts.

Grant Recipients


Born Dancing, Inc, which provides quality dance instruction for Students with Disabilities, and Founder Melissa van Wijk received a grant to help mount their next production. 

Born Dancing produces original full-scale performances in which the students appear with professional dancers. The new show, according to Melissa, is “a modern-day Girl Meets Boy fairy been-told, set in a world that’s a mesh between NYC and Hogwarts.” It’s scheduled for February 2017 at New York Live Arts Bessie Schonberg Theater.

In conjunction with the production, Born Dancing also will work with at least two high poverty Bronx public schools that serve Students with Disabilities on every aspect of the show-- from performing to lighting, costumes and stage management.

The company’s inaugural performance in March 2016 at the Alvin Ailey Theater included 48 dancers performing modern dance to the music of Cat Stevens.    

Emily always said there’s no problem so big that dancing in the kitchen won’t help. Above you can see a thank you video that Melissa and her company filmed in Emily’s honor as they danced in the kitchen to one of her favorite Stones’ songs.