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Arlene Brackett

Arlene Brackett
Adjunct Faculty

Arlene Brackett started dancing at age 15 at the Boston School of Ballet. She continued on as a scholarship student, then apprentice and eventually company member. Arlene later danced with the Wendy Rogers Dance Company and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco . After receiving her M.F.A. from UCI, she went on to teach at many of the colleges in the southern California area and is presently on the faculty at Long Beach City College , Cypress College and Cerritos College . Arlene has presented her choreography in the Orange County Choreographer's Showcase, in the San Diego production of the musical "Phantom," in the Long Beach Children's Theatre and at professional hair conventions as well as college dance productions. Arlene was interim Dance Program Director 2000-2001 while Sheree King was on sabbatical.

Course Documents (Spring 2015):

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

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

Teresia Brooks
Adjunct Faculty
(323) 708-5041

Course Documents:

Adobe PDF Folk and Ethnic 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.

For her talent, skills and dedication to the dance, Fahtiem has received extensive recognition: Listed in International Who's Who of Professional & Business Women; Listed in 2000 Notable Women; Awarded Woman of the Year from the American Biographical Institute (1991); Awarded International Cultural Diploma of Honor (1992); Awarded Dance Promoter of the Year from the Middle Eastern Dance Academy (1996); Awarded "Entertainment Video of the Year" - International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (1997); Nominated "Choreographer of  the Year" - International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (1997); Nominated "Teacher of the Year" - Zaghareet Magazine (1997, 2003, 2004); Awarded Hall of Fame - Life Achievement - American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (1999); Awarded "Dancer of the Year" - International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (1999); Received 2000 Telly Award; Awarded "Best Solo Performance" - The Giza Academy (2000); Awarded "Best Cabaret Dancer - Live music on video" - The Giza Academy (2001); Nominated "Teacher of the Year" - International Academy of Dance (2003); Awarded "Outstanding Achievements in the Mid-East-Dance Arts" - MECDA (2003); Awarded  "Favorite Cabaret/Oriental Dancer" -  Zaghareet Magazine (2004); Nominated "Lifetime Achievement" - Zaghareet Magazine.

Course Documents:

Adobe PDF Folk and Ethnic Dance Syllabus

Lisa Anderson

Lisa M. "Presley" Anderson
Part Time Faculty


Lisa M. "Presley" Anderson was born and raised in New Hampshire. She began dancing at the age of three. Early on she found a love for many genres of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. After graduating high school in 2003, she attended Keene State College where she received her B.A. in Theater and Dance with a minor in Management. Throughout her four years at KSC, her passion for modern dance grew, as that became her focus. In 2005, she had the incredible opportunity to perform in a piece choreographed by New York City’s, Robert Battle, of Battleworks. She also performed at basketball games and community events with the school’s hip-hop based dance team all four years. She was named captain for both her junior and senior years. In 2007, she participated in a camera obscura project performance at UMass Amherst, choreographed and produced by Stephen Koplowicz. In November of 2007, she packed up her belongings, grabbed a close friend, and drove across the country to begin a new adventure on the west coast. A short couple of years later, she found herself graduating from the University of California, Irvine with her M.F.A. in Dance. While at UCI, she focused her thesis research on dance photography and presenting choreographed works through still images. Over the years she has had the pleasure of studying under the guidance of dance greats including Donald McKayle, Loretta Livingston, William Seigh, and Marcia Murdock. She currently teaches and choreographs for Fullerton College, MiraCosta College, and Elite Dance Academy in the styles of contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She continues to photograph for dance concerts in southern California. In December 2010, she had a photograph published for an article in, Dance Magazine and more recently in the Fullerton Hornet. She has been performing with Vicious Circle the past few years, under the direction of Valerie Cabag. She is currently the Artistic Director of Delineation Dance Company, a bicoastal contemporary company, in partnership with Devon Smith of NYC. The entire company will be premiering a variety of new works in the Upsurge Choreography Platform this November in NYC.

Jeff Hendrix
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 (Spring 2015):

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

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. 

Jessica Peavy

Jessica Peavy
Adjunct Faculty
(310) 995-4900

Jessica Anne Peavy has been teaching Dance, Pilates, and the performing arts to children, young adults, and professionals for twenty years. With her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor's in Theatre from Illinois State University, Jessica’s expertise and experience range from performance to teaching and pedagogy to directing and choreography.  Since moving to California, Jessica has taught for multiple performing arts institutions, colleges, and studios in both Los Angeles and Orange County, bringing hundreds of shows to the stage, and she has also performed and choreographed for many companies, including Grounding Point Dance, Kairos Dance, Independent Opera Company and Celestial Opera.  Jessica is also a Certified East Coast Pilates Instructor from Studio Soma in West Hollywood.

Course Documents (Spring 2015):

Adobe PDF Dance 12B-02, Class #33708 - Pilates 

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 (Spring 2015):

PDF Logo  Ballet 3 & 4 Syllabus Spring 2015

PDF Logo  Turns Syllabus Spring 2015

PDF Logo  Anatomy

PDF Logo  Ballet Terms

PDF Logo  Rubric for Int. Ballet

PDF Logo  Rubric for Int. Modern

PDF Logo  Rubric 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.

Michelle Shear

Michelle Shear
Adjunct Faculty
(562) 938-6708

Michelle Shear received her B.A. in Dance from California State University, Fullerton in 2000 and her M.F.A. in Dance from the acclaimed Mills College in Oakland, California in 2005. She is currently part of the dance faculty at Mt. San Antonio College, Long Beach City College, Cal Poly Pomona and the award winning Chino Hills High School Band and Pageantry. She has danced professionally for the Walt Disney Company and various non-profit dance companies in the Bay area. Along with performing she has enjoyed being a promotional model and runway choreographer for Ducati, Victory and Triumph Motorcycles. Her choreography and teaching consists of various schools in California, Arizona, Citrus College and private workshops at ARC Pasadena.

Course Documents (Spring 2015):

Adobe PDF Dance 14 - Modern 1

Adobe PDF Dance 14 - Modern 2

Fionna Sung

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 (Summer 2015):

Adobe PDF Modern Dance 1 & 2


Martha Zepeda

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.  

In addition, Zepeda has served as dance faculty at various Colleges in Southern California and the Bay Area including UCI, Fullerton Community College, SFSU, and the College of Alameda as well as The Wooden Floor, Images Dance Place, Elite Dance Studio, and Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, as well various workshops and dance intensives. She has toured internationally performing, instructing and choreographing in Chile, Vietnam, Spain, and Ghana. Recently, Martha was awarded the Fall 2014 and Spring 2014 ChoreoProject Award “Best Choreography” for her work “Size 9”, and collaborative work (collaboration with her dance partner Kao Vey Saephanh) “Quest for Truth” by sjDANCEco Maria Basile and Gary Masters. Her work and her company LV Dance Collective, have been awarded and selected to showcase work at the 2015 and 2014 PUSHfest in SF, Eigth Summer Performance Festival, ODC Pilot 63, Resident Artist Workshop through SAFEHouse for the Performing Arts and the Garage, and Runner Up for Luna Dance Institute Choreofund 2 to name the least. 

Zepeda has performed and worked with David Herrera Performance Company, Jaara Dance, Layla and the Lotus International Dance Company, Epiphany Dance Company, DTM2 Improvisation Ensemble, Nguyen Dance Company, the Rainbow Arts Theatre, Donald McKayle, Jodie Gates, Sheron Wray, Jennifer Fisher, Loretta Livingston, Pavel Zustiak, Lisa Naugle, John Crawford, Chris Yon, Grete Gryzwana, Lee Wei Chao, Stacey Printz, Jose “Hollywood” Ramos, Alicia Pierce, Dr. Albirda Rose, Paco Gomes, Susie Whipp, Wendy Diamond, Cathleen McCarthy, and Dawn James. 

Falling in love with a healthy movement lifestyle Martha also dedicates herself to cross conditioning teaching various fitness classes including Zumba, Ballet Barre, Water Aerobics, Boot Camp, Abdominal and Core, Swimming, and a variety of other conditioning courses. Martha believes that “as long as you are moving you can do anything”. Finally, Mrs. Pamintuan aspires to empower, inspire, encourage, and spread the love of a healthy mind, body, soul, and community through movement while communicating what words can’t express, all through the language of the soul: dance.