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Arlene Brackett
Adjunct Faculty

Arlene Brackett began her formal training at The Boston School of Ballet under a Ford Foundation Scholarship. She also received scholarships to summer intensive programs at the Joffrey Ballet School and Harkness House in New York City. Arlene received her BFA from Antioch College in Ohio and her MFA from UCI (University of Ca. Irvine). Arlene has danced with the Boston Ballet Company, The Boston Opera Company, The Wendy Rogers Dance Company and The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco. Arlene’s choreography credits include Musical Productions, Children’s Theatre Productions and Many College Dance concerts at Long Beach City College, Cypress college, Cerritos College and El Camino College. She has also taught at Golden West College and Fullerton College. Arlene is honored to have been chosen “Teacher of the Year” at Cypress College in 2009.

Course Documents:

Adobe PDF Dance 1, Class #30581 - Dance Forms Through The Ages

Adobe PDF Dance 1, Class #31456 - Dance Forms Through The Ages

Teresia Brooks

Teresia Brooks
Adjunct Faculty
(323) 708-5041
Teresia Brooks (Omowale Awe) is the lead dancer and assistant director of the Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble. She has worked with the California Arts Council, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, L.A. County High School for the Arts, Alaska Arts Council, UC Irvine, UCLA, Occidental College, and LBCC, to name a few. She has traveled to India, Korea, Alaska, and other venues throughout the US, teaching and performing Nigerian dance. Omowale studied at California Institute for the Arts and has a B.A. degree from Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia. She seeks to bring peace and harmony in the world through the gift of dance.

Course Documents:

Adobe PDF Folk and Ethnic Dance Syllabus
Sharna Fabiano

Sharna Fabiano
(562) 938-4949

Sharna Fabiano teaches improvisation, composition, and social dances. She has been involved with the international tango community since 1997 and has visited Buenos Aires six times to study tango dance and culture. She performed as a member of the all-woman company TangoMujer between 2003-2006 and directed her own company, Sharna Fabiano Tango, from 2006-2011. In 2013, she was guest choreographer during a two-month residency with Spitfire Physical Theater in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2016, she choreographed for Human Nature Dance Theater in northern Arizona, and visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia as a guest artist with Amrita Performing Arts. Her performance work as been shown locally at UCLA, Electric Lodge in Venice, and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. Sharna holds an M.F.A. in Dance from UCLA and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from William Smith College. She is also a certified yoga instructor and empowerment coach, and is known in the international tango community as an advocate of dancing both following and leading roles, independent of gender.

Course Documents:

Adobe PDF Dance 46 - Social Dance Syllabus


Adjunct Faculty
(626) 810-9470

Fahtiem, born in, is an award-winning choreographer, master instructor, and international performer, highly renowned in the world of Middle Eastern Dance, for her magical style and elegance. She has been featured in Time Magazine, on TV shows such as "Good Morning America", "Solid Gold", "Comin' Alive - The June Cain Miller Show", and in several films and concerts.  On stage her ability to reach and entertain an audience with warmth and humor is delightfully apparent. Fahtiem produces/directs the annual dance convention and highly acclaimed stage production "Oasis Dance Magic", does vocals on her music CD's, and has produced many instructional bellydance videos. As a full-time instructor and performer in L.A. and Orange Counties, Fahtiem is in great demand, traveling extensively worldwide, sharing her vast knowledge and passion for this beautiful art form.

Her love and commitment to the dance is evident in her efforts to motivate each dancer to their individual best.  It is said that Fahtiem truly has a master's touch. Her unique teaching ability has earned her praise throughout the dance world, where her philosophy "There are no magic steps that will make you a great dancer, there is only the magic you put in each and every step!" is pervasive.

Course Document:

Adobe PDF Dance 18B - Belly Dance

Kristen Harvey

Kirsten Harvey

Kirsten Harvey, received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of California, Irvine and is currently on the dance faculty at Long Beach City College, Irvine Valley College, and California State University, Long Beach. She danced professionally with the Marla Bingham Contemporary Ballet and her choreography has been performed in New York at the Ailey Citi Group Theatre for the Women in Dance Concert, Chicago Dance Festival, Pasadena Dance Festival, and with the Toronto Rock Dance Troupe.Her concert jazz dance piece Black Iris, was selected as the winner of the Inaside Chicago Dance Choreographic Sponsorship Event 2014 and this prize included a commissioned residency with Inaside Chicago Dance that resulted in a new jazz work for the company, My Side, which is still a favorite in the company’s repertoire.  Currently, Ms. Harvey serves as the Editor of the Conference Proceedings for the National Dance Education Organization each year and has been published in the new jazz dance textbook, Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches.

Course Documents:

Adobe PDF Dance 1 - Dance Forms Through the Ages

Adobe PDF Dance 24 - Hip Hop

Jeff Hendrix
Adjunct Faculty
(714) 638-4292

Jeff Hendrix is a master jazz and tap teacher with an M.F.A. in Dance from U.C.Irvine. His classes offer solid technique and cover a broad range of styles. Performance credits include "A Chorus Line", " Tap" (the movie),"Good Morning America" (with Rita Moreno), "Guys and Dolls", "Anything Goes", and " Oklahoma". Choreography and teaching at Luigi's (N.Y.C.), Svetlova Dance Centre, Bermuda Ballet, Ballet Russe de Montreal, Columbo (Zurich), Schutz Ballet (Vienna), Maui Academy of Performing Arts, and three tours of Japan. Musicals choreographed include "Baby", "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "Joseph...". Jeff is on staff at Mt.SAC, Santiago Canyon and Golden West colleges. He also teaches acting, musical theatre, salsa, swing, yoga, videography, graphics, animation and computer dance.

Course Documents:

Adobe PDF Dance 1, Class #32006 - Dance Forms Through the Ages

Adobe PDF Dance 5-1, Class #33284 - Tap Dance 1

Adobe PDF Dance 6-01, Class #32571 - Tap Dance 2


Grace Maxwell
Adjunct Faculty
(562) 938-4949

Grace Maxwell holds a B. A. in Dance from UC Irvine and M. A. in Dance from Ohio State University where she was a Dean's fellow. She has choreographed competitive programs and taught off – ice ballet for figure skaters including 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel and US champion Ryan Bradley. She's the owner of Athletic Grace Dance Studio in El Segundo, where she teaches ballet tap hip-hop salsa and ballroom. Grace is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is a certified Booty Barre and Zumba instructor. 

Stephanie Powell

Stephanie Powell
Dance Program Director
(562) 938-4881

Professor Stephanie Marie Powell is a California native and a tenured full Professor in Dance at Long Beach City College. Throughout her academic teaching career she has taught courses in Dance Appreciation, Choreography, Composition, Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Pointe, Modern Dance, Jazz, Turns, Zumba, Dance Conditioning, Stretch and Relaxation, Dance History, Hip Hop Dance History, Performance Workshop, Yoga and Pilates. Professor Powell is a certified instructor of the New York City Ballet Workout, Zumba, Qiginition and Body Arts and Science International Pilates with a Dance Specialization. Ms. Powell has taught as a part-time instructor at the University of California, Irvine in Ballet, Modern Dance and the Etude Ensemble. She is the principal interpreteur of the choreographic works for the legendary choreographer Donald McKayle and stages his work around the world.

Ms. Powell's dance training began with Cindy Trueblood at the Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California and her studies continued on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington and the School of American Ballet at Julliard in New York City. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Sociology and Education and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance with distinction from the University of California at Irvine as a Chancellor's Fellow, where she was honored with the Celebration of Teaching Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. She danced professionally and toured internationally with major dance companies such as the Oakland Ballet Company, the San Francisco Opera, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Donald Byrd/The Group, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ms. Powell was a performer in the Los Angeles Pantages Theater production of the Broadway show "Lion King" where she danced featured principal roles as well as performed as a principal singer and actress. Additionally, Powell has modeled internationally for Redken and Trevor Sorbie of the UK. She has appeared on television in the Grammy's, on the Jay Leno Show and has danced commercially for artists such as MC Hammer, Kenny G., Janet Jackson, and Beyonce Knowles.

For the LBCC Dance Program, Powell has fundraised over $40,000 by organizing student involvement in car washes, obtaining hundreds of opportunity drawing prize donations, corporate monetary gifts, costume donations, organizing TV tapings, t-shirt, roses and concession sales. These funds have afforded students and faculty the opportunity to travel out of state to the American College Dance Festivals and purchased Pilates Reformer equipment for students. She was instrumental in attaining a $50,000 ASB grant to install a state of the art sprung dance floor in the Q-building Dance Studios. As a scholarly researcher, she is responsible for creating two new online courses for Dance (Dance History and Hip Hop Dance History) to give more students accessible opportunities to attain an A.A. degree from LBCC through the Distance Learning Program.

Powell is the only full-time African-American faculty member in the Theatre, Dance and Film department, and was selected by Human Resources to inspire diversity among new faculty at LBCC in the advertisement brochure. In addition to her course load, she created the "Dance Showcase" which features all of the course offerings in Dance at LBCC. She incorporates the work of other colleagues in disciplines such as Science, Photography, Graphic Design, Music, Radio, Television, Fashion, Film and Theater to name a few. She is responsible for establishing the first cable television premiere of the "Dance Ensemble in Concert," photographic marketing of Dance Students for publicity and has consistently been recognized by the Viking Newspaper for encouraging student success through Dance. She has directed two "High School Dance Invitational" events where she has recruited the students of twelve (12) local high school Dance programs to perform on the LBCC stage. Powell serves as the Dance Club Advisor and works closely with the campus Outreach and Recruitment Coordinators to support President Eloy's wish for all 4th graders to experience a campus tour. She is also on several College Service committees such as the Fine Arts Association, the 85th Anniversary committee, the Distance Learning Plan Implementation Oversight Task Force and she is a Student Learning Outcome Committee Officer for her department.

As a testament to her reputation and contributions, Powell was a recipient of the Long Beach Post Award for Best Teacher in the city of Long Beach and in March of 2010 she was a nominee for the 2010 "Woman of the Year" Award by the 54th Assembly District's Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal and most recently the Black Leadership Advancement Coalition Alumni Award for 2012.

Professor Powell continues to dance as a performing artist today and has taught and choreographed her own work in contemporary dance and ballet throughout the US, Australia, Europe and Asia. She serves as a volunteer for the NAACP and is on the committee that will organize the International Association of Blacks in Dance Festival in 2014. Powell attends conferences regularly for continued education in her artform to bring up to date information, dance techniques and digital technology to her students in the LBCC classroom. She has taught classical Ballet at the world renowned "Debbie Allen Dance Academy" in Los Angeles and performed in her production of the "Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" at Royce Hall-UCLA. Powell was also be featured in an upcoming article as a leading figure in the community in the Cultural Arts Guide for the Long Beach Business Journal. 

Course Documents:

PDF Logo  Stretch & Relaxation Syllabus

PDF Logo Introduction to Dance Syllabus

Adobe PDF Dance 41 Performance Course Syllabus

PDF Logo Anatomy

PDF Logo Ballet Terms

PDF Logo Rubric for Int. Ballet

PDF Logo Rubric for Int. Modern

PDF LogoRubric for Pilates

PDF Logo Rubric for Dance Concert Critique Paper

PDF Logo Student Course Agreement

Adobe PDF Ballet Terms Ballet 1 & 2


Imara Quiñónez
Adjunct Faculty

Imara Quiñónez is a currently a part time instructor in Hip Hop dance at LBCC and has been singing, acting, and dancing for over two decades.  She has performed in the styles of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Hip-Hop, African dance, Spanish Flamenco, and Spanish and Mexican Folclórico.  As a choreographer, she has produced work for television, musicals and ACDA. Imara has a B.A. in Business, a B.A. in Dance and a M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University.  She has certifications in Pilates, Zumba, and Turbo Kick.  She was named “Best of the Year” in 2008 for Outstanding Achievement by a Choreographer for PARADE, by StageSceneLA. Imara is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and is currently a dance and Pilates instructor at Cypress College, El Camino College, Fullerton College in addition to Long Beach City College.


Li Huei Sung (Fionna)
Adjunct Faculty
(626) 252-4000

Fionna Lihuei Sung is a creative Dancer and Choreographer that enjoys working with different age and types of people to be inspired to create new artistic work.  She is a native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan and came to the United States at the age of 17. She has over eighteen years of experience as a choreographer and dance instructor. Ms. Sung earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Dance, Choreography and Production from the school of dance at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). In 2005, she started her own dance studio and a youth performing group in Taiwan and also taught dance at the Arts School as the director, producer, and choreographer.  Since moving back to Los Angeles in 2009, she has presented her work at La Mirada Theatre, PDG Performance Warehouse, Diavolo Dance Theatre, The Curtis Theatre and San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.  She is also a founding member of Dancers Tear Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Her work embodies both classical and contemporary styles. She currently works as a dance instructor and choreographer mainly in Taiwan and the United States.

Course Documents :

Modern Dance 1 & 2



Martha L. Z. Pamintuan
Assistant Professor of Dance

MARTHA L. ZEPEDA PAMINTUAN is a Bay Area Native, choreographer, dance artist, dance educator, fitness professional and a Full-time Professor of Dance at Long Beach City College. Martha earned her MFA on a full scholarship from the University of California, Irvine in 2010 and a BA in Dance with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography, and a Minor in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University in 2006. Martha is the Co-Artistic Director, Co-Founder, and Co-Choreographer of LV Dance Collective, a Contemporary Fusion Dance Performance Company spanning from the Bay Area to most recently Southern California. She is the former Cultural Arts Program Director of the East Oakland Sports Center (EOSC) and Founder and Artistic Director of the EOSC Introductory School of Dance and EOSC Performance Group. Martha is a certified Zumba instructor, Ballet Barre instructor, Water Fitness instructor, Spinning instructor, and CPR/AED First Aid Instructor trainer. Pamintuan has toured internationally for various dance projects in Chile, Vietnam, Spain, and Ghana. She is also a long distance runner and a former Collegiate Swimmer for SFSU.

Mrs. Pamintuan’s dance career officially began at Skyline High School in Oakland, California under the direction of Ms. Dawn James. Although, she started dancing at a late age she always dreamt of being a dancer since she was a little girl. Following high school, she continued her training at SFSU, Lines Ballet, ODC, Shawl Anderson, and Ballet Hispanico to name a few. Her passion for Dance kept strong pushing through as a dance artist studying, choreographing, performing,  and teaching nationally and internationally. While at UCI Mrs. Zepeda earned several travel grants and a Diversity Fellowship. Her Masters thesis “Experiences of Men en Pointe & the Anthropometry, Range of Motion, & Injuries of Their Ankles and Feet” and 50-minute thesis documentary “Men That Pointe” researches male pointe dancers of Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo and former male pointe dancers of Les Ballet Grand Diva.   

During her time as Cultural Arts Program Director Martha was awarded the City of Oakland Parks & Recreation Employee of the year for 2014. She appeared on KQED Forum “Affordable Fitness in the Bay Area” broadcasting Nationally through NPR (National Public Radio). She also earned various grants for student programming and dance studio equipment including the Thompson Bliss Grant, Youth Scholarship Grants - Friends of OPR, etc.  

Course Documents:

Adobe PDF Dance 1 - Dance Forms Through the Ages Syllabus

Adobe PDF Dance 14 & 15 - Modern Dance Syllabus

Adobe PDF Dance 20 & 21 - Jazz Dance Syllabus

Adobe PDF Dance 32 & 33 - Choreography Syllabus