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Steve Aston
Production Manager
(562) 938-4279
Steven Aston (Production Manager) is a versatile administrator in the entertainment field. At UCLA he specialized in arts administration and production management. He has worked professionally as a stage manager in every form of entertainment and with numerous celebrities and artists as well as for Academy, Tony and Emmy award-winning directors. Steven has worked at Long Beach City College since 1983 as Production Manager for all Creative Arts productions as well as teaching classes in theatre management. He has been Manager of Entertainment Operations for Knott's Berry Farm and is listed in "Who's Who in Entertainment." He has toured the Pacific Command for the USO and is familiar in theatres and entertainment venues throughout southern California but he is most proud of the many working Equity stage managers he has coached.
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 (Fall 2010):

Adobe PDF Dance 10AB - Fundamentals of Ballet

Adobe PDF Dance 20AB - Beginning Jazz Dance

Adobe PDF Dance 14AB - Beginning Modern Dance


Teresia Brooks - Adjunct Faculty
Contact:(323) 708-5041

Course Documents (Fall 2010):

Adobe PDF Folk and Ethnic Dance Syllabus

Cathy Crane
Cathy Crane
Resident Costume Designer
(562) 938-4279
Cathy Crane launched her career in Theatre in Columbus , Ohio working with costume designer, Dick Frank, on Miss America pageant costumes. She relocated to California where she earned her MFA degree in Costume Design at California Institute of the Arts in 1984. Long Beach City College snatched her from unemployment upon graduation and she has been a faculty member ever since. Favorite productions at LBCC include: "Amadeus," "Agamemnon," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Marat/Sade," "Royal Hunt of the Sun," and "The Robber Bridegroom." Additionally, Cathy has designed costumes for: Shakespeare Orange County , International City Theatre, Theatre West, Back Alley Theatre, Long Beach Studio Theatre, Globe Theatre, Los Angeles City College , Chapman University , CSU Bakersfield and CSU Long Beach. Cathy is currently serving as the Department Head of the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film.
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 (Fall 2010):

Adobe PDF Folk and Ethnic Dance Syllabus

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 (Fall 2012):


Spring 2013 Tap 1

Spring 2013 Tap II

Spring 2013 Dance 18



Sheree King
Sheree King
Full-Time Faculty
(562) 938-4383

Sheree King was born in Pittsburgh , Pa. and began dance and baton classes at the age of five. She has a M.A. in Dance from UCLA and is an Associate Professor at LBCC. She has performed with Rudy Perez, Momentum Dance Company, UCLA Dance Company and Nouveau Chamber Ballet. Her choreography has been presented in many southern California colleges and universities, at International City Theatre, Orange County Choreographer's Showcase and the Mark Taper Forum. She is also a certified instructor of the Pilates method, a body conditioning method based on the teachings of Joseph Pilates that she teaches at LBCC and at her home studio. Sheree enjoys traveling to to all parts of the world with her husband, Tom Bozigian, an internationally renowned teacher and choreographer of Armenian dance. 


Fundamentals of Ballet Spring 2012

Fundamentals of Ballet Terms

Don Marcy
Don Marcy
Stage Technician
(562) 938-4506
Don Marcy has done it all. Started at LBCC as an actor in 1967 and eventually earned a B.A. in technical theatre from C.S.U.L.B. and a part-time teaching credential. He has worked in every aspect of Stage, film and T.V. He has been a union propmaker for the motion picture studios, a free-lance designer, an Auditorium Manager, director, actor and teacher. After about twenty years away learning the craft he returned to the college and serves primarily as the master carpenter. He is married and he and his wife, Debbie have two children: Megan and Brendan.
  Mario Mariotta - Master Electrician
  Esteban Moreno - Performing Arts Administrative Assistant
  Tony Pearson - Stage Technician
Stephanie Powell
Stephanie Powell
Full-Time Faculty
(562) 938-4881

Ms. Stephanie Marie Powell is a California native and a recently 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. Professor Powell is currently creating a new lively and high energy choreographic work for eight men as a faculty choreographer and is the Assistant Artistic Director of the Fall Dance Ensemble in Concert in the LAC campus Auditorium.

Course Documents (Spring 2013):

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 1 & 2 Syllabus Fall 2014

Adobe PDF Ballet 3 & 4 Syllabus Fall 2014

Adobe PDF Ballet Terms Ballet 1 & 2

Adobe PDF Dance 41 Syllabus Fall 2014

Daron Sorg
Costume Technician
(562) 938-4487
Daron Sorg started at LBCC in 1991. He earned his B.A. in technical theatre from Cal State University Long Beach with an emphasis in Costume Design in 1993. Here at LBCC he is the Costume Technician. He is also faculty at Brooks College where he teaches the Sewing and Costume Classes. He has worked in different capacities in the costume area to include Cutter, Assistant Designer, Dyer / Painter, Tailor, Crafts Person and Shop Supervisor. He has worked with a number of theatre companies and colleges including Santa Ana College, Utah Shakespeare Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Saddleback Repertory, Grove Shakespeare Festival, Chapman University, and Shakespeare Orange County. He is also the graphic stylist for the NFFC, a Disneyana Enthusiast group.