Barbara Weisberger, founder of the Pennsylvania Ballet, dies at 94

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With that, Philadelphia was thrust into the forefront of the soon-to-burgeon regional ballet movement, fueled by a 1961 Ford Foundation grant. In the years that followed, Mrs. Weisberger’s Pennsylvania Ballet performed regularly in Philadelphia, toured extensively, and settled in as resident company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, where it was considered the equal of the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet.

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