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 productions. 

Born Dancing produces original full-scale performances in which students with physical and intellectual disabilities appear with professional dancers, according to founder Melissa van Wijk. The group teaches classes that transition into its productions.  Students with disabilities perform and work with professionals on every aspect of design and production of the shows.  

Some of this year’s new work is inspired by children traveling great distances to school in the developing world. Educational efforts will focus on minors with physical disabilities, such as amputees and wheelchair users.  

Emily’s Fund has provided grants to support Born Dancing for the past two years, and we can easily imagine Emily working with Melissa.

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 in 2016 as they danced in the kitchen to one of her favorite songs by the Rolling Stones.