Darina Devens Wiesel dies at 47

Radio City Music Hall ballerina, choreographer

Former dancer Darina Devens Wiesel died March 2 at Kaiser Hospital in Panorama City from complications resulting from Huntington’s disease. She was 47.

Wiesel grew up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where her family helped found the Duchess County Ballet Company.

She began her professional career as a dancer with the Garden State Ballet Company in New Jersey in 1968.

The following year she joined the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company. She then spent five years touring with “Disney on Parade,” eventually becoming the assistant choreographer for the Australian and European companies.

In 1973 she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in film and television. She also worked with stars such as Ann-Margret, Burt Bacharach and Gene Kelly. She appeared in “The Goodbye Girl,” danced professionally in Las Vegas and worked two seasons at the Sacramento Music Circus.

Wiesel is survived by her husband, Mark, a sister and a brother.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made in her name to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 9903 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 106, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

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