The Ballet Workshop, Inc.
1634 Railroad Street, Enumclaw WA 98022 (360) 825-2196
Syble Bracken - Artistic Director
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 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 musicals for the 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.
Melissa Snoen - Contemporary, Tap
Miss Melissa began her training at The Ballet Workshop at the age of eight and spent nine seasons with Plateau Ballet Repertory Theatre. Following high school she completed her BFA in Ballet at the University of Utah with special emphasis in performance, character dance and teaching, receiving a full scholarship from the ballet department her senior year. She has additional studies in anatomy and kinesiology for dancers, health and nutrition, Essentials of teaching ballet and History of Ballet. Her professors provided a wide variety of methodology exposure including Cecchetti, Vagonava, RAD and the ABT teaching methods. The training she received at The Ballet Workshop from Miss Syble and other instructors helped to place her at the top of her classes at the University. She returned to Enumclaw post college and taught jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary at The Ballet Workshop for a few years. Last year she decided to pursue a professional career and was offered a contract with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Utah, where she performed in their production of Thriller and Redux-Nutcracker. Though it is hard for her to say good-bye to that chapter, she is eagerly preparing to attend a masters program to become a physical therapist. Miss Melissa is very excited to teach contemporary and tap this year, using knowledge she has acquired from her wide range of instructors and professional work into her own teaching style. She is thrilled to be back at The Ballet Workshop (once again)!