Bethany Tuffy was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico where she trained for 13 years with Michele and Kevin Self. As a member of the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet she danced various leading roles in both classical and contemporary ballets. Bethany earned a BFA in Ballet at Texas Christian University and a minor in Psychology. Upon graduation she was invited by Fernando Bujones to join Southern Ballet Theatre, now Orlando Ballet. Under his artistic direction Bethany danced professionally with the Orlando Ballet for four years, performing a vast repertoire of classical, contemporary and world premiere ballets. She had the honor of working with such choreographers as Fernando Bujones, Peter Stark, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Maria Julia Landa and Bruce Wood.
After concluding a two year dance teacher-training program, Bethany has been teaching students ages 3 through adult for 17 years in pre-professional, academic and recreational settings. She has an expansive range of teaching that includes Creative Movement, Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Perfecting Technique, Conditioning for Dancers, Stretching, Musical Theatre Dance, Tap, Jazz and Modern. Prior to joining the Winthrop faculty, Bethany taught in the Orlando Ballet School under the direction of Peter Stark. She has also completed Zumba fitness training and is a certified Zumba instructor.