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 - Associate Director, PBRT
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 has taught jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary at The Ballet Workshop. She then 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. Miss Melissa has accepted the position of Associate Director with PBRT for the new season and is thrilled to continue her creative path at The Ballet Workshop.
Emma Gass - Student Instructor/TA
Emma is a senior at Enumclaw High School and a Running Start student at Green River College. She has eight years of dance training, six of those years with The Ballet Workshop. She plans to further her dance training while attending a four-year university. She focuses on the technique of ballet, pointe and jazz and has also studied contemporary, modern, character and swing. She has been invited to perform with Plateau Ballet Repertory Theatre in their "Nutcracker" productions, dancing the roles of the Ballerina Doll and Arabian, to name a few, as well as roles in their Spring production of "Mixed Bill" in 2017. Emma has attended summer intensives to focus solely on her ballet training; in 2016 a three-week intensive with Evergreen City Ballet and 2018 a five-week intensive at the Summer Dance Lab in Walla Walla. She is very excited to begin teaching and assisting in classes this year and is grateful for the wonderful opportunity!
Erin Roske - Student Instructor/TA
Erin has been a student with The Ballet Workshop since 2003, advancing her way to the highest-level classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and pointe. She became a company member with PBRT in 2014. Erin has performed numerous roles in The Nutcracker Ballet, including the role of Clara and multiple dances in PBRT's spring shows and the studio's end-of-year performances, many of those solos and duets. She has also helped choreograph in those shows as well. Erin taught a tap class in 2016 and has been a student helper in several classes throughout the years. She is currently in college working towards a business degree.