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Welcome to the 
BKF Performing Arts Foundation

Watch as past BKF Scholarship winners Oshea Darrington (2022) and Janiyah McAllister (2023) discuss the impact of dance and musical theatre on their lives with Ashleigh Massey, a noted Lakeland singer. Oshea returns to Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois as a sophomore and Janiyah is a freshman at Baldwin Wallace University Music Conservatory, in Berea, Ohio. 

Also, Chloe Lanham, a Highland School of Dance student and freshman at Florida Southern College, showcases her stunning dance talent. Rebecca Renfroe-Borneman, gifted performer and composer of our theme song, "Dancing in the Tune," is accompanied by Ashleigh Massey.

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Listen to the rhythm, dance in the tune.”

-Betsye Kay Finch

What We Do

Betsye Kay Finch Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2019 to honor Betsye Kay Finch, a jazz, tap and ballet dancer, and a beloved Lakeland dance teacher who directed the Betsye Kay School of Dance for three decades. Launched by her daughter, Alexis Rocker, to keep her mother’s exuberant spirit and joy of dance alive, the BKF Performing Arts Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, offers annual scholarships to high school seniors aspiring to pursue an education in dance or musical theatre. “This is a tribute to our mother whose entire life was inspired by dance and musical theatre,” says Alexis Rocker. “We’re working hard to raise funds and award scholarships to high school seniors in the Lakeland area aiming to pursue education in the arts, which our mother so loved.”

 

This year, BKF Foundation will offer a scholarship to an aspiring performing artist. The foundation will sponsor annual fundraising events to grow its funding base. To support this scholarship fund, please consider donating today. Donate here. Thank you!

Mission Statement

Betsye Kay Finch Performing Arts Foundation funds scholarships for deserving high school seniors majoring in dance or musical theatre at post-secondary institutions.

 

Vision Statement

Betsye Kay Finch scholarships will give awardees the ability to pursue their passion in the performing arts and to make an impactful contribution to the quality of life. The scholarships will target graduating high school seniors in the Lakeland, Florida area.

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Where it all began...

On what would have been Betsye Kay's 93rd birthday, October 25, 2019, Betsye Kay Finch Performing Arts Foundation was launched!
 

To celebrate, Alexis and Al hosted a lunch at their mother's "old stomping grounds", Sardi's, in New York City. Here are some highlights of that afternoon. Please enjoy!

2024 Scholarship Awardee

Justin Brock

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Photo credit: Robin Phillips 

Our fifth annual $3,000 scholarship goes to dancer, Justin Brock. Justin, of Bartow, FL, and a 2024 graduate of the Harrison School for the Arts, fell in love being on the stage while dancing in

Beauty and the Beast” in middle school. “This effort made my journey start to finally fall into formation,” he says. “My love for dance has shaped me into who I am, and I would not change that for anything.”

 

His stage credits include dance concerts at Harrison School for the Arts, as well as various artistic productions with the Florida Dance Arts in “The Nutcracker” and Highland School of Dance with “Alice in Wonderland.” Among his many master classes, Justin has studied with Orlando Ballet, Modas Dance and projectALCHEMY.

 

Justin will pursue his AA in Dance at Hillsborough Community College this Fall.

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In Memoriam

Edie Yates Henderson, Treasurer

passed on November 10, 2020 

 

The board of directors express our profound sadness over the loss of our dear friend and Foundation Treasurer, Edie. We were blessed with her exceptional commitment to the Lakeland community, and her deep love and caring for her friends and family. As Treasurer of the Betsye Kay Finch Performing Arts Foundation, Edie generously contributed not only her accounting expertise, but her enthusiasm, energy, and wonderful ideas. For this we will be forever grateful.

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