Abigail Mentzer, born in Abington, PA, grew up in New York City where she attended the The School of American Ballet for 10 years. While in New York, she performed numerous children's roles with New York City Ballet and New York City Opera. After spending a season with Miami City Ballet, she joined Pennsylvania Ballet II in 2002.
Ms. Mentzer was promoted to Apprentice with Pennsylvania Ballet in 2004, to the Corps de Ballet in 2005, and to Soloist in 2010. She has performed Lead Butterfly in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty. She also performed Pas de Quatre in Christopher Wheeldon's world premiere production of Swan Lake in 2004 and at the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland in 2005. In addition, Ms. Mentzer was featured as the Red Lady and the Lonely Bride in Matthew Neenan's Carmina Burana and Jerome Robbins’ N.Y Export: Opus Jazz.
Ms. Mentzer's principal roles include the Sugarplum Fairy in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, Swanilda in Marius Petipa's Coppélia, and in Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun. She was also featured as the Rose Girl in the world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Requem for a Rose in 2009. Ms. Mentzer was named one of the "Very Impressive Performers" by Pointe Magazine for the 2007-2008 Season.