Pennsylvania Ballet Soloist Barette Vance Widell will take her final bow

Soloist Barette Vance Widell | Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

Ending a sparkling performance career, Pennsylvania Ballet Soloist Barette Vance Widell will take her final bow before an audience full of friends, family, and fans on Sunday, December 23 at the Academy of Music.

After 9 years dancing with the Company, Ms. Widell will retire with one of her most cherished roles, “Dew Drop” in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. At approximately 7 p.m., once the curtain comes down and the cast takes their bows, there will be a special series of final bows for the retiring ballerina.

Always an exhilarating performer, Ms. Widell was born in Laguna Hills, California and began her dance training at age three. She joined Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice in 2003 and rose through the ranks to a promotion to Soloist in 2008. Since joining the Company, she has danced numerous featured roles and originated a role in Benjamin Millepied’s This Part in Darkness. Also in 2008, Ms. Widell was named one of the most influential people in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine, along with Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, Mayor Michael Nutter, and Philadelphia Phillies 2nd Baseman Chase Utley. In 2010, Mentor Me Community Support honored Ms. Widell with a Community Impact Award for her work with underserved children in Philadelphia. Upon her retirement from the stage, Ms. Widell looks forward to exploring the business side of dance in her new role as Event Coordinator at Capezio.

Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six programs of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. For tickets to the remaining performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, closing December 30, please visit or call 215.893.1999.

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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