About Us

Have you ever dreamed you were a star?

Many children in the Kansas City Metro area have that same dream. Emily Silverman did and was able to take dance classes during her childhood. She realized that not all children could afford to dance. She had big plans to offer dance to children with limited opportunities. Emily was unable to follow through with her dream when a car accident cut her life short. Her family continued her dream by creating Em’s Spotlight.

For over 10 years, Em’s Spotlight has been making dreams a reality for families of limited means. Serving over 600 people a year through 7 programs, Em’s Spotlight provides exercise, creativity, exposure to the arts, a boost to self esteem and FUN – all free of charge!

The excitement in the dancer’s eyes, the confidence in their dancing, the pride they exhibit while they perform for their families all confirm the volunteer hours, the time spent on costumes and dance lessons is well worth the effort. We not only accept monetary donations but also donations of used dance attire and costumes.

Our Programs

For over 10 years, Em’s Spotlight has been making dreams a reality for families of limited means. Serving over 600 people a year through 7 programs, Em’s Spotlight provides exercise, creativity, exposure to the arts, a boost to self esteem and FUN - all free of charge!

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Dancing After School

We provide dance classes directly to the child’s after school care facility. This gives our dancers a way to creatively expel that “stored up” energy and helps them settl

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Dance Attire Loan Program

Any individual who is in any dance class may borrow free of charge dance shoes, attire or equipment to help keep the cost of dance down.  We also serve schools and church groups.

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Dancing Through The Summer

Free dance lessons for urban core children held during their school day at the summer school they attend. This includes 16 dance lessons, drinks, dance wear, costumes and recital.

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  • Traci Walls-Hill

    Proud Parent, Em's Spotlight Children

    “Over the past summer months my two children were blessed with Em’s Spotlight presence. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all are an inspiration not only to the kids but the parents also.”

  • Jerry McEvoy

    Executive Director , Swope Corridor Renaissance/ Upper Room, Inc.

    “The benefits our students receive from participating in this program are numerous. Exercise, exposure to the arts, excitement about being at school all help in determining our students succeed in our tutoring program. Em’s Spotlight’s programs have done wonders for our children’s confidence and esteem along with bringing us the greatest parent participation to date.”

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