Martha L.Z. Pamintuan
Assistant Professor, 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 Master’s 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.