Beth Bartholomew is a native of Rochester, NY, where she studied at the former Enid Knapp Botsford School of Dance and later with the Pennsylvania Ballet School in Philadelphia, PA. At age 18, she received a contract with the Joffrey II dancers and went on to dance with the Joffrey Ballet in NYC. Five years later she joined the Washington Ballet where she danced solo and principal roles.
While working with Nils Christie, a famous Dutch choreographer, she decided to make the move to Europe and joined his company, the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. During her 12 years in Europe she received her teaching diploma in the Gyrotonic Expansion System and participated in many freelance projects, one of which took her to Spain where she met her future husband, Fidel Orrillo. Ms. Bartholomew is also on staff at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, official school of the Rochester City Ballet.