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

Parkinsons Dance Class

Flynn Arts at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT, received a second grant to expand its successful Dance for Parkinson’s program that was started last year with help from an Emily’s Fund grant.

Christina Weakland, Flynn Arts Director of Education, said the classes for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers “engage participants’ minds and bodies through many styles of dance, while exploring stretching, muscle strengthening, posture stability and rhythm.” 

Emily’s Grant in 2015 allowed the Center to drop the fee for classes, and since then, “attendance has skyrocketed.” In 2016-7, the Flynn hopes to build on its success by doubling the number of classes offered, including some off-site at local senior centers. “We have been able to leverage your support into more funding,” Christina said, “and we are expanding the program significantly this summer and fall.”

Classes are taught by Sara McMahon, a FlynnArts faculty member, performer and educator trained in the Dance for PD method. Sara’s husband has Parkinson’s.

Christina wrote last year: “Thanks to Emily for having cared about the kinds of things that still deeply matter to people. That she makes a difference even now must mean so much to you.  It certainly does to us.”