Faculty

Tiffany Bong

Tiffany Bong

Lecturer

Hip-Hop, Dance Pedagogy

Tiffany “Jimini” Bong is an international hip-hop dance artist, entrepreneur and community leader who draws on her expertise in 21st century hip-hop pedagogy and curriculum design to bring next-level teaching practices and programs into learning institutions.

Bret Easterling

Lecturer

Contemporary, GAGA, Repertory

Bret Easterling is a graduate of The Juilliard School and has been performing internationally with the Batsheva Dance Company for the past seven years. He is a certified Gaga teacher, Ilan Lev practitioner, and the Artistic Director of BEMOVING.

USC Kaufman Faculty Member Gillian Finley.

Gillian Finley

Lecturer

Ballet, Pilates, Yoga

Gillian Finley danced professionally with Ballet Pacifica, Nevada Dance Theatre and Eugene Ballet and, for ten years, she served as the director of Ballet Pacifica’s elite Conservatory program.

Jesus Fuentes

Lecturer

Ballroom

Jesus “Jay” Fuentes is a talented educator and an accomplished performer in the entertainment field. He teaches ballroom at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

Shannon Grayson

Lecturer

Jazz, Tap, Afro-Cuban, Contemporary

Shannon Grayson is a dance artist, educator, and choreographer with extensive training in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop dance, as well as dances from the African Diaspora. She holds a BFA from Howard University, and has taught for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

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Marisa Hentis

Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy and Instructor of Dance

Physical Therapy, Dance Science

Dr. Marisa Hentis is a Physical Therapist that specializes in the performing arts. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities as a Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic diagnoses including performing artists, dancers, sports related injuries, and pelvic floor dysfunctions.

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Paul Hodgins

Affiliated Faculty

Music for Dance

Paul Hodgins is a musician, composer, arts journalist, critic and educator who has worked with dancers and choreographers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for four decades. Hodgins is an important contributor to the field of choreomusicology, the study of relationships between music and dance.

Zippora Karz

Artist in Residence

Ballet, Repertory

Zippora Karz is a former soloist with the New York City Ballet, where she performed for 16 years on stage and in television. She is a master teacher, currently responsible for staging the ballets choreographed by George Balanchine.

Saleemah Knight

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance

Jazz, Dance History

Saleemah E. Knight, MFA, is a highly sought-after concert and commercial dance choreographer and master teacher in the area of jazz dance. Her professional career includes being a featured performer in distinguished productions such as The Lion King Broadway Musical, performing with Beyoncé, and performing the works of renowned concert dance artists. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine.

Fiona Lummis

Artist in Residence

Ballet, Repertory

Fiona Lummis performed with the Netherlands Dance Theater for two decades, dancing featured roles in many classical and contemporary ballets. She is a master teacher responsible for staging the works of choreographer Jiří Kylián.

Amy O'Neal

Lecturer

Hip-Hop, Dance History

Amy O’Neal is an award-winning hybrid dancer, choreographer and educator. Her experience and research meet at the intersection of street and club dance culture, contemporary dance and experimental performance.

Bonnie Oda Homsey

Bonnie Oda Homsey

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance

Dance Leadership

Bonnie Oda Homsey founded Los Angeles Dance Foundation in 1978 to cultivate awareness of dance legacies and to strengthen capacity-building of our professionals. LADF’s touring entity American Repertory Dance Company produced 40+ reconstructions of masterworks performed by prominent artists. Since 2000, she is Chair of Dance for The Princess Grace Foundation-USA awarding emerging talent in Dance, Film, and Theater.

Victor Quijada

Victor Quijada

Artist in Residence

Contemporary, Repertory

Victor Quijada is the founding director and choreographer of the Montreal-based contemporary dance company, RUBBERBANDance Group. He has a rare perspective on a large spectrum of dance, possessing knowledge and experience that spans from the street corner to the concert hall.

Christian Vincent

Lecturer

Jazz, Tap

Christian Vincent, MFA, is a prolific dancer and choreographer whose work has appeared in numerous feature films, television shows, concerts and commercials. He has performed with musical artists including Shakira, Prince, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder and Madonna among many others.