Inqlings: Putting away her toe shoes

Martha Chamberlain, one of the Pennsylvania Ballet's homegrown principal dancers, is bowing out, retiring after 21 years on stage.

Chamberlain, 39, a native of Media who joined the ballet as an apprentice right out of Friends Select, says she's been contem-

Pennsylvania Ballet's Martha Chamberlain: "I didn't want to be 40 and dancing."

plating the move for several years: "I didn't want to be 40 and dancing."

But she won't be totally out of the dance picture.

One reason is that her husband of nearly six years, Jonathan Stiles, is still a principal with the ballet. Another is that she is teaching dance. She also has been designing costumes and developing a line of dancewear and leotards.

Back in the mid-1990s, she bought a serger, a specialized sewing machine, and started doing custom work. The first leotard she made is still in use, Chamberlain said.

Her Pennsylvania Ballet finale will be a production of the George Balanchine tribute to George Gershwin, Who Cares?, on April 17 at the Merriam Theater.

Radio activity

Saturday night will find Bob Pantano where he's been every Saturday night for the last 34 years, except one: in front of a microphone, hosting his Saturday Night Dance Party. It's at Adelphia in Deptford, airing on WOGL (98.1) and WTTH (96.1). The one missed date was Jan. 12, 1985, the day before his wedding.

Glen "Golden Boy" Cooper, the Power 99 alum, starts Friday on WRNB (107.9) as host of The Golden Club 107.9, airing 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. (Show will be piped in from Houston, where he works for a sister station.) He'll be joined by DJ TouchTone. Also at WRNB, DC Todd now hosts the slow-jam show Whispers in the Dark from 7 p.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, as Tiffany Bacon moves into the 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday slot.

College notes

Lehigh University is high on a hill: Tony Bennett has been booked to headline Oct. 22's Gala 2011, the fund-raiser for the school's Zoellner Arts Center.

CBS3 anchor Pat Ciarrocchi will receive Cabrini College's Ivy Young Willis Award on March 15. The award recognizes women for contributions in public affairs. She'll speak at 3:30 p.m. that day in the Grace Hall Atrium of the Cabrini campus in Radnor.

Charitably speaking

There's a clever twist to Saturday's fund-raiser for the Megan Ashley Perry Foundation, in memory of a young woman killed in 2008 when a car, driven by a friend who'd had too much to drink, crashed in Sea Isle City. The gathering at Mill Creek Fire Company (3900 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington) is a beef and root beer. Tickets ($25):

Not only is Vin Diesel on board for March 5's Red Ball benefit for the local American Red Cross at the Please Touch Museum, but so are poker champ Beth Shak, the 76ers' Andre Iguodala, and baker Dana Herbert, who recently won Next Great Baker on TLC. Tickets ($185):

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