Skye Ballet Center LLC

Charles Askegard                                                                                                                                                                       Ballet Master Pennsylvania Ballet                                                                                                                                        Principal New York City Ballet                                                                                                                                              Soloist American Ballet Theater                                                                                                                                          Saturday March 25th, 2017


Charles Askegard brings a wealth of knowledge from his distinguished career. In 1987, Mr. Askegard joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. He performed with ABT for ten years, performing many lead roles in both full-length and repertory ballets including Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadere, and Romeo and Juliet, and working with legendary choreographers Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Natalia Makarova, Lar Lubovitch, and Glen Tetley. In 1997 he joined the New York City Ballet where he performed for fourteen years as a Principal Dancer. His repertoire at NYCB included many Balanchine ballets including Diamonds from Balanchine’s full length Jewels, Stars and Stripes, Theme and Variations, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. In addition, he has had the honor of working with Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Eliot Feld, Christopher Wheeldon, and Helgi Tommason. After leaving the New York City Ballet, he co-founded “Ballet Next,” a company for which he choreographed, performed and directed until 2013. Before becoming Ballet Master for Pennsylvania Ballet, he taught at Ballet Academy East as well as the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, has been a guest teacher across the nation, and is a frequent judge for the Youth America Grand Prix. “I’m very excited to start working with Angel Corella and the Company,” said Askegard. “My expertise and experience aligns well with the future of the Company and I look forward to making an imprint on Pennsylvania Ballet and its’ dancers.”

Past Master Class Teachers:

*Please stay tuned for more upcoming Master Classes of the 2016-17 Season

Deanna Seay, Principal Dancer Miami City, Boston Ballet Faculty                                                                                             Sona Kharatian, Principal  Dancer Washington Ballet                                                                                                                     Jon Jordan , Principal Dancer Washington Ballet                                                                                                                           Melanie Riffee, Suzanne Farrell Ballet                                                                                                                                                   Julie Marie Niekrasz, Principal Dancer Ballet Memphis                                                                                                                    Lara O'Brien, Principal Dancer, Carolina Ballet                                                                                                                                 Tim Lynch, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Met Academy Director                                                                                               Claire Rathburn, YAGP Gold medalist, Washington Ballet Studio Company                                                                                   Jane Wood, Principal Dancer and Ballet Mistress Ballet West                                                                                                               Arantxa Ochoa, Principal Dancer and School Director Pennsylvania Ballet, Director Miami City Ballet School                            Jerri Kumery, Dancer New York City Ballet  , Associate Director Richmond Ballet                                                                          Gavin Larsen, Soloist Pacific Northwest Ballet, Principal Dancer and Ballet Mistress Oregon Ballet Theater                             Deanna McBrearty, Soloist New York City Ballet                                                                                                                                   Amy Brandt, Dancer Milwaukee Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Editor of Pointe Magazine                                                    Anna Licieca, Dancer New York City Ballet, Soloist American Ballet Theater, YAGP Judge                                                         Valerie Madonia, Dancer American Ballet Theater ,Principal Dancer Joffrey Ballet, Colorado Ballet Academy Director                        Rhode Jorgensen, Dancer American Ballet Theater, Faculty Maryland Youth Ballet, Kennedy Center Childrens Mistress               Nicholas Ade, Dancer Pacific Northwest Ballet , Executive Director Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet                                 Jennifer Kronenberg, Principal Dancer Miami City Ballet 

Master Class Series 2016-17

Septime Webre has recently become the Artistic Director of the S & R Foundation, headquartered in Washington, DC, S&R Foundation is a non-profit that supports talented individuals with high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship.  Among its major programs are Halcyon Incubator, Studios Program at the Fillmore School, the Overtures Concert Series and Illuminate speaking series.

“Septime is an exhilarating addition to the S&R team,” said Dr. Sachiko Kuno, President and CEO of S&R Foundation. “We look forward to collaborating with him on imaginative programming to intensify our public offerings and support for talented creatives. As S&R celebrates a major growth cycle, Septime will strengthen our mission to support and advance talented artists of multiple genres.”

Webre left his role as Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet after 17 years, during which time TWB increased its profile and impact regionally, nationally and internationally. He led growth and expansion in both excellence and bold creativity, with projects including a “trippy” ALICE (In Wonderland); the “American Experience,” featuring original full-length ballets based on iconic works of American literature, and the pursuit of full-length original classic works including Swan Lake, a significant milestone that secured TWB’s position as a major international player in the dance world. Under his direction, The Washington School of Ballet’s enrollment has tripled and the organization’s commitment to community through its visionary DanceDC and TWB@THEARC programs has positively affected the lives of tens of thousands of children in the District of Columbia.

Much in demand as a choreographer, Webre has created works that appear in the repertoires of many companies in North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Kansas City Ballet and Colorado Ballet, among many others. Webre has sat on the boards of Dance/USA and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. Among his many awards, Webre received the DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership, Excellence in Artistic Discipline and numerous metro DC dance awards. He has been a recipient of a number of fellowships for his choreography.

Septime Webre                                                                                                    Former Artistic Director of Washington Ballet, American Repertory Ballet and current Director of  S & R Foundation

Saturday February 4th *Please note change of date     


*15 minute Question and Answer session offered after 

It is our honor to offer Master Classes throughout our school year for our Elite , Pre professional and Professional Division Dancers. Mr. and Mrs. Schissler bring their vast connections of Master teachers, dancers, directors who are relevant to today's dance world.

If you are interested in participating, please email us at

Michele Wiles ​                                                              American Ballet Theater Principal dancer              Director of Ballet Next                                                 Friday October 28th                                                   4:30-6:00pm

Michele Wiles, founded BalletNext in 2011 with the vision to pair classically trained dancers and live musicians in a collaborative setting that encourages risk taking and a focus on process.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, at age 10 she moved to Washington D.C. to train at the Kirov Academy on full scholarship. She was a Gold Medal winner at the 18th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria a Bronze Medal winner in Nagoya, Japan and a finalist at the Paris International Dance Competition. She was a Princess Grace Foundation – U.S.A. Dance Fellowship recipient for 1999–2000 and won the Erik Bruhn Prize in 2002. 

She joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 1997 and joined American Ballet Theatre in 1998.  She was promoted to soloist in 2000 and to principal in 2005. In 2011, she left that position to start BalletNext.

In addition to leading BalletNext as artistic director and dancer, Michele is choreographing. Ushuaia to music by Heinrich Biber, which premiered at New York Live Arts in February 2015 marked her formal choreographic debut.

Ted Seymour                                                                Soloist Suzanne Farrell Ballet                                        Resident Choreographer Ballet Chicago                  Saturday October 1st 2016                                         12:00-1;30pm

Ted was born in Dallas, Texas where he began his training at The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. He later moved to Chicago to study with Dan Duell and Patricia Blair at the School of Ballet Chicago as a member of The Ballet Chicago Studio Company. Ted choreographed his first ballet for BCSC, Toccata for 5, in 2001. Later, Ted moved to New York to attend the School of American Ballet. While at SAB, Ted choreographed two ballets for the Student Choreographic Workshop and was invited by Peter Martins to create a new work for The New York Choreographic Institute. Upon leaving SAB, Ted joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, dancing for choreographers such as Edwar Liang, Nicolo Fonte, and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. Ted joined Suzanne Farrell Ballet in 2007 where he has danced featured roles in Balanchine's Episodes, La Valse, and the Act II pas de deux from A Midsummer Night's Dream among others. Ted has been promoted to Soloist dancer of the company this season. He has been a faculty member of Ballet Chicago since 2009, and last year was named Ballet Chicago's Resident Choreographer, choreographing for the company's mainstage performances and educational programs. Ted recently completed the critically acclaimed Creatures of Prometheus for the 2012 International Beethoven Fetival and Celestial Rites for Ballet Chicago's 25th Anniversary Season at the Harris Theater.