TEACHING STAFF

 

Melissa Snoen

Artistic Director

 

Miss Melissa is the new Artistic Director of The Ballet Workshop this year and in her second year as the Director of Plateau Ballet Repertory Theatre youth ballet company. A Dean’s list graduate from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet; she emphasized in teaching, performance, and character dance. She has additional studies in anatomy and kinesiology for dancers, health and nutrition, essentials of teaching ballet, and history of ballet. During college she trained and performed with the Utah Ballet Company – the elite ballet level at the University, under Victoria Stocki (Former soloist at Universal Ballet) and Jay Kim (Formal Principal with Universal Ballet and Korean National Ballet). She also spent three years in the Department of Ballet’s Character Dance Ensemble under the direction of Richard Wasko, selected to perform, travel abroad, and create outreach for young dancers. Post college she danced professionally with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Utah. She has over a decade of experience teaching at several different studios; over that time she has taught ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary, and has choreographed and staged many numbers in all these styles and more. She has a deep passion for educating, teaching, choreographing, and for growing the arts in the community of Enumclaw.

 

Syble Bracken

Founder and Ballet Instructor

 

Miss Syble opened The Ballet Workshop here in Enumclaw in 1988. She founded Enumclaw’s youth ballet company, Plateau Ballet Repertory Theatre (PBRT), in 1995 and established their Outreach Program that same year.  She has an extensive background in classical ballet and jazz with additional studies in tap, anatomy and health and nutrition.  Notable instructors she has studied under include Dance Professor of the University of Florida, Nancy Turner (in her private practice); Oakland Ballet Academy Director, Ronn Guidi; Oakland Raiderettes Choreographer, George Minomie; CEO and Co-Founder of Washington Academy of Performing Arts and former soloist for Ballet West, Marcia Quigley-Neal; former soloist for the Frankfurt Ballet, Marcia Nolte.  Miss Syble has staged and choreographed over 40 full-length story ballets for her school and company and has set choreography on actors in numerous musicals for local academic schools and theater organizations.  She has danced semi-professionally with the Turner Dance Troupe in Florida and professionally with Range of Motion, a locally based modern ballet company of whom she is one of the founders.  Miss Syble is beginning a new chapter this season as former owner of TBW.  She is honored to continue sharing her knowledge of dance with the community and so excited to be a part of this season under the direction of the new owner, Melissa Snoen.