Ballet Education and Scholarship Fund, Inc.


BESFI is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York with the primary purpose of promoting ballet education in Suffolk County. By providing grants and scholarships and offering workshops to local dancers, BESFI enables young artists to participate in ballet programs that are not readily available to them or which are beyond their financial resources. In providing professionally staged dance performances, BESFI is able to promote the arts by catering to the need for young artists to perform and the community's desire for quality entertainment. To everyone's benefit, BESFI has had unparalleled success in bringing noted guest artists and teachers to Long Island.

***    2021   BESFI   Summer   Intensive:    July   12th   -   August   6th   ***   
Tentatively Scheduled:   Mary Carpenter & Amy Ruggiero (7/12 - 7/16)    Alvin Tovstogray & Alexander Brady (7/19 - 7/23)   
Laura Feig-Otto & Eric Otto (7/26 - 7/30)    Alexandra Bergman & Andrea Bergeman-Rak (8/2 - 8/6)   
***    More info to follow.  Updates will be posted here when available.   ***


BESFI awarded $5,000 in summer program scholarships for 2019 thus pushing total cumulative scholarships and stipends to a total value well in excess of $290,000. As in previous years, a jury of prominent ballet professionals determined the winners of the annual scholarship competition.

The schedule for the 2019 BESFI Summer Program is posted on this site. Information is also available by writing: BESFI Summer Program, P.O. Box 2146, St. James, NY 11780, calling (631) 584-0192 or emailing us at The 2019 Summer Intensive begins July 8th and runs through August 16th.