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. 

This summer’s performance works with a small group of more profoundly disabled children who use wheelchairs and a group of teenagers from the largest Special Education Public School in NYC.  

This is the fourth grant to Born Dancing from Emily’s Fund, and we can easily imagine Emily working with Melissa.

Above you can see a video about Born Dancing.