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 high quality dance instruction for Students with Disabilities and other underserved communities, received a grant to help mount its next production. 

Born Dancing produces original full-scale performances in which students with physical and intellectual disabilities appear with professional dancers. The new fall show, according to founder Melissa van Wijk, is “an in-depth, bare bones exploration of movement” set to the music of contemporary composers. It will include a collaborative piece by Born Dancing students, half of whom were born in the United States and half of whom came here as refugees.  

In the fall, Born Dancing will teach dance classes that will transition into rehearsals for the production.  Students will perform and work with professionals on every aspect of design and production of the show, which most likely will be staged at the Baryshnikov Art Center in Manhattan.    

Emily’s Fund provided the first grant to support Born Dancing’s February 2017 show. 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 last year as they danced in the kitchen to one of her favorite Stones’ songs.