• Em's Spotlight
  • June 5, 2015

Bringing the joy of dance to those of limited opportunities in the urban core of Kansas City, in turn, providing a boost to self worth, a creative way to exercise, exposure to the arts and a foundation for life and learning.

Have You Ever Dreamed You Were a Star?

Carrying On a Dream

Many children in the Kansas City Metro area have that very 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 made those 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 and a boost to self esteem – all fun and free of charge.

The excitement in the dancer’s eyes, the confidence in their dancing, and 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.

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We Offer Classes for

  • Children with Special Needs
  • Adults with Special Needs
  • Children
  • Senior Citizens in the Inner City Area

Each student has access to costumes through our dance attire loan program. We also lend our attire, including shoes, out to church groups and schools. At the end of each program, the students get to perform in front of their family and friends.

The positive outcomes of Em’s Spotlight go much further than learning to dance… Children have found confidence, the hurt have found healing, and families have been brought back together. This is why Em’s spotlight means so much to us and those we serve.

Thank you for supporting Em’s Spotlight.

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Kansas City Dance Humanitarian Vicki Silverman Recognized with Dance Studio Life Magazine’s Generous Heart Award

KANSAS CITY, KS— Vicki Silverman, founder and executive director of Em’s Spotlight, a program that brings free classes to more than 600 underserved children, adults with special needs, and senior citizens living in the Kansas City metro area, has been named a 2018 Generous Heart recipient by Dance Studio Life magazine.
Dance Studio Life magazine offers support, knowledge, and motivation to dance educators and private studio owners throughout the U.S. and Canada. DSL publisher Rhee Gold founded the Generous Heart Award in 2014 to recognize individuals and organizations that do important, innovative work in dance education and provide much-needed services to the dance community. Dance is more than an art form to these award recipients—it is an opportunity to make a difference.
“The 2018 recipients are generous ‘dance humanitarians’ who represent all the good that is possible within our community,” Gold says. “I am excited to once again honor those whose kindness makes our dance world shine bright, and to enthusiastically share their stories with DSL readers.”
Silverman, who founded the program 15 years ago in memory of her daughter killed in a car accident, is the program’s sole administrator. Urban core children served by the program receive lessons, drinks, dancewear, and costumes free of charge, along with the opportunity to perform in a public recital.
Joining Silverman as 2018 Generous Heart recipients are Patti Rutland, founder of BEYONDance, an outreach program that provides dance classes for more than 10,000 public preschool, elementary, and middle school students; and adults with intellectual disabilities in Dothan, Alabama; and Noah R. Lands and Michelle Colon of Dancers Against Cancer, a Los Alamitos, California, charity that provides direct financial assistance to professional dancers, dance studio owners and educators, dance students, and others within the dance community battling cancer.
The recipients, chosen by Gold and DSL editorial staffers, will accept their awards Saturday, July 28, during the DanceLife Teacher Conference gala luncheon. DLTC is an all-encompassing continuing education conference for dance educators, studio owners, and office managers running July 27 to 30 at The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Feature stories on each recipient will appear in the July edition of Dance Studio Life.
DSL magazine is a subsidiary of the Rhee Gold Company of Norton, Massachusetts, which provides a wide range of educational and business-support programs for private dance studio educators. For more information, visit dancestudiolife.com or rheegold.com. ... See MoreSee Less

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I hated it when my kids feet grew at the end of the dance season, right before recital. Em's Spotlight has shoes for sale (with none or very little wear) for a donation of your choice with a $5 minimum. Payless shoes list their shoes $20 and $27 respectively. Call and make an appointment. 816-616-3422 83rd and Wornall Please share on social media. ... See MoreSee Less

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