Metro mom provides young dancers a place to shine in honor of late daughter

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro mother lost her daughter in a car accident 12 years ago this weekend. The teen loved to dance, and now, her mom is making sure that passion is shared with other kids.

Vicki Silverman says her daughter Emily needed dancing as much as food and oxygen. So much so, the 19-year-old had already saved up $5,000 to start her own studio for anyone who wanted to move their feet.

Emily was killed in a car accident in March 2003, but her spirit now lives through a program her family runs in her honor. Em’s Spotlight runs off donations. The group teaches dance at schools and churches, puts on recitals with costumes and photos, and lends costumes and shoes to young dancers for free, to make sure cost doesn’t keep the beat from moving.

Vicki Silverman said, “If you have a passion for dance, or you just enjoy it, you should be able to do it. Everybody needs a place to shine and to feel important, and that’s what Em’s spotlight does.”

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