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Nannette Brodie
Associate Professor, Dance

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Nannette Brodie, performed and choreographed for the nationally acclaimed Los Angeles modern dance company, The Moving Company, from 1970 to 1978. The company toured with the National Endowment for the Arts Touring Program, Artists in the Schools and the Los Angeles Performing Tree Program. Since that time she has choreographed independently in musical theatre, dance companies, television and film, while starting her own company and a nonprofit corporation, South Coast Dance Arts Alliance.

After receiving her BFA in Art and her Masters Degree in Dance from California State University Los Angeles, Nannette taught on the faculties of California State University Chico and Long Beach, Loyola-Marymount University, and Long Beach City College. In 1975, Nannette became the director of dance at Golden West College, and in 1986 she started her own contemporary dance company, the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre.

Her choreography has been performed in more than 300 venues in New York, California, Utah, Nevada, Mexico, Czech Republic and France. Nannette’s principal training and theory of choreography stems from her work with Murray Louis, Janice Day and Alwin Nikolais. She is an alumnus of the Nikolais-Louis Dance Lab in New York.

Nannette was nominated for a Lester Horton Dance Award for outstanding teaching in 2000. She received the Else Loudon Solo Award for her choreography at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival in 2002 as well as recognition for Outstanding Woman in Arts and Culture for Long Beach.

Nannette has just been honored as the 2007 Distinguished Artist of the Year for the city of Long Beach. Also, during 2007 the South Coast Dance Arts Alliance was honored with a Milestone Award for 25 Years of Performance from the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles.

Nannette Brodie

Nannette Brodie

Kelly Ray
Part-Time Instructor, Dance


Laura Ann Smyth
Part-Time Instructor, Dance

Los Angeles based dancer, instructor and choreographer Laura Ann Smyth began her journey as an artist at age 4 in Canada. At times mystifying, regularly challenging and eternally fulfilling, dance has been and will always be Smyth’s constant; her passion in life and motivation for the future. Smyth’s versatile and conscious dance background has afforded her many opportunities. Currently a member of JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble and the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Smyth does not see her performance career coming to a close any time soon. Smyth uses her wide range of dance exposure as the basis for her teaching, allowing herself along with her students to examine and experience dance through various lenses. Rhythmic in quality, joyous in spirit and precise in technique, Smyth’s teaching style is unique and inclusive. 

Smyth obtained a BA in Sociology from the University of Calgary in 2004, a Journalism Certificate from Mount Royal University in 2008 and an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine in 2012. Most recently, Smyth has choreographed for Santa Monica College as well as for Loyola Marymount University and Long Beach City College, where at both Colleges she is an Adjunct professor. Passionate about the preservation of jazz dance and its role in the academy, Smyth has presented at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, The World Dance Alliance Conference and the National Dance Educators Association Conference addressing these topics. Smyth was honored to perform at the Playboy Jazz Festival in 2013 and is looking forward to some other star studded opportunities this year.