Our mission

Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company builds vibrant contemporary dances to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges attributed to mixed heritage.


board of directors

Jamie Wright

President Emeritus


Jamie Ray Wright spent almost 20 years as an advertising/marketing professional. He worked at McCann-Erickson, the international advertising agency and for several major banks. He also has experience in the publishing industry. Currently, he works for Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Dance Center and has is own dance company, The DanceWright Project.

Kai Curtis



Kai Curtis joined the Push Dance Company Board of Directors in 2010. He is a big advocate of the dance performing arts and thought it was time to give back to the community. Kai is Program Manager in the legal department at eBay in San Jose, Ca. He has a B.A. in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley.

Tamika Chenier



Tamika Chenier is an artist who has performed with many local theater companies, such as the African American Shakespeare Company, Cultural Odyssey, The Medea Project, DaddyLion Pictures Theater Ensemble and Woman’s Will. Tamika's experience also includes working on the film “Beloved,” performing at the “National Black Theater Arts Festival” in North Carolina and “Lorraine Hansberry Theater” in San Francisco with The Medea Project and curating and coordinating for “Colours Fine Arts” at the “National Black Fine Arts Show” in New York. She works as Program Manager at The African American Art & Culture Complex.

Julia Canavese



Julia Canavese has been an active member of the Silicon Valley arts scene for over 15 years. Graduating from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in both Theatre Arts with a Dance Emphasis and History, Julia is a performing member of Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, Released Dance Coalition, and High Release Dance Company. A passionate arts administrator, she currently works for Silicon Valley Creates (formerly Arts Council Silicon Valley) as the LiveSV.com content editor. She is also a Steering Committee Member and the Marketing/Communications Subcommittee Co-Chair of genARTS Silicon Valley, a network of emerging arts leaders. Julia enjoys every opportunity she can to engage in meaningful expression through the arts and is committed to supporting the growth of the arts sector as a whole--and particularly artists and organizations, such as PUSH, that operate at the intersection of social justice and the arts..


Advisory Council

Tina M. Sevilla




Advisory Council

Cathleen McCarthy




Advisory Council

Evy Warshawski