PUSH

Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company Builds Vibrant Contemporary Dances To Gain A Deeper Understanding Of The Challenges Attributed To Mixed Heritage.

  • Embodied Racial Equity Workshops [LINK IN BIO]

The @CalArtsCouncil is offering free online public workshops intended to advance racial equity within the state’s arts and cultural field throughout the month of November. This three-part workshop series was co-created through a partnership with the Bay Area’s @PUSHDance and @DancingAroundRace as part of a pilot project supported by the Government Alliance on Race & Equity’s Innovation and Implementation Fund.

✳️ Thursday, November 3 | How to Begin Addressing the Impacts of Systemic Racism
✳️ Sunday, November 6 | Decentering Whiteness in Education
✳️ Thursday, November 10 | Economics of Race: Intention, Impact, and Consequences
  • CONSTRUCTION starts this week!!!

We’re building a new dance sanctuary in SF and looking for someone to join our operations team! Apply today! [LINK IN BIO]

As we move into the prospect of operating our own dance studio, we need a dedicated Operations Coordinator (PT) who brings sustainable program & project coordination, non-profit administration, payroll and budgeting practices to our growing arts organization. You will manage and train our team allowing us to thrive in a creative and positive environment. You will help steward the coordination and growth of our programs. You help shepard the programming to our stakeholders and the general public. This job is onsite 4-5 days a week with occasional evenings and weekend events.
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  • PUSH Forward Round 4 is taking applications—previous applicants and recipients welcome to apply! [link in bio]

PUSH Forward supports dancers, choreographers, teachers, and administrators whose work is based in the exploration and expression of the African diaspora in the San Francisco Bay Area. This small relief fund centers “Recovery” and, for this round, will be distributing funds of $500 to 10 selected individuals and organizations.

Applicants from the nine SF Bay Area counties are welcome to apply:  Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Applications due October 18, head to the link in our bio for more information and to apply today!
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[💃: Lydia Clinton
📸: Robbie Sweeney
Image Description: A dancer in black tank top and leggings is centered, with green and yellow concentric circles behind her and around her head. She has one leg raised high behind her, bent at the knee with toes curled. By her raised foot are stars. The image contains lime green and black text. 
Text reads:
RECOVERY & RELIEF

P4C
APPLY TODAY
SEPT 5 - OCT 17

A SMALL RECOVERY & RELIEF FUND FOR BLACK DANCE & MOVEMENT ARTISTS FUNDED BY THE KENNETH RAININ FOUNDATION AND INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT]
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#p4c #pushdance #relieffund #dancemaker
  • We are so thrilled to announce our 4th round of PUSH Forward—open now through October 18! [link in bio]

With the ability to grant 10 black dance makers/orgs/administrators $500 in relief funds, we encourage both prior and new applicants to partake in our very simple application process. For this round, we are centering RECOVERY, prioritizing individuals and organizations who have been impacted by the current health crises.

For more information on what you'll need and what this is, the link above takes you to our P4C page—complete with application
 
We cannot wait to receive your applications! Should you have any questions, please reach out to our Program Coordinator, Sean Gonzalez at office[@]pushdance.org
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Image Description: A man wearing a black and white block jacket with the zipper halfway down his torso. He holds his hands before him angularly, with one palm facing up and the other palm facing the viewer. Arching over and below his upper hand is his afro, short facial hair along his jaw and upper lip, with brown eyes peeking from behind the hands. Behind him is a red background, with concentric circles in varying shades of red surrounding his image. The lower portion on either side of him features yellow text, as well as on his front-facing palm surrounded by more concentric circles, and the very bottom of the image. Text reads:
PUSH FORWARD

P4C

APPLY TODAY
DUE OCTOBER 17

A SMALL RECOVERY & RELIEF FUND FOR BLACK DANCE & MOVEMENT ARTISTS 
FUNDED BY THE KENNETH RAININ FOUNDATION AND INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT]
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#pushdance #p4c #relieffund
  • The HART Application ends TODAY!
Thursday, Sept 1st [link in bio]

This is your opportunity to create and perform your own music, dance and visual art/film. All musicians, dancers, visual and interdisciplinary hip hop artists who identify as Black/African American are welcome to apply. Apply now!

#hiphop #residency #socialjustice #application
HART is a collaborative partnership between Zaccho Dance Theatre and PUSH Dance Company, funded by the City of San Francisco’s Dream Keeper Initiative.

❤️‍🔥Contact erik@pushdance.org for questions
📷: @deekshaphotographs
  • APPLICATION
DEADLINE EXTENDED: [link in bio]
Apply for HART until Thursday, SEPT 1ST, 2022 

All musicians, dancers, visual and interdisciplinary hip hop artists who identify as Black/African American are welcome to apply. https://pushdance.org/hart

HART resident artists will receive:
◉ A stipend of $2000
◉ Access to a dance/recording studio
◉ Mentorship and Workshops
◉ Social Media skill building

#hiphop #residency #socialjustice #application
❤️‍🔥Contact erik@pushdance.org for questions
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HART is a collaborative partnership between @zacchosf and PUSH Dance Company, funded by the City of San Francisco’s @dreamkeepersf

Film: What is HART? by @pushdance
  • Hip Hop Workout with Angel
1pm-2pm  at 5M Park [FREE]
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY

This is a fun class for all levels and everybody who wants to move their bodies. Hope to see you there!

Where's 5M Park? It's right next to 447 Minna Street, our future home. 
#hiphopworkout #dance #sfdance #outdoors
  • As summer slowly comes to a close, we have some happy Back-to-School news. Our artistic director Raissa Simpson joins the full-time faculty of the Stanford University TAPS dept.! 

Join us in congratulating Raissa on her latest journey. She'll still be our director of course and you can see her latest work in the winter! ❤️‍🩹
#dancejourney #stanfordtaps #werk

📷: Scott Horton
  • What a joy to witness all the magic of Ashley Gayle as she made her debut as Associate Artistic Director with her new dance piece, "Ascension!" And, thank you for everyone who came out to support our performance at Choreofest last Saturday.

📷: Amal Bisharat Photography

Careers

Work we can believe in

Careers at PUSH lead to professional development and a supportive environment. You get to apply your work to real life solutions and help streamline the process towards helping communities of color.

Photo by Matt Haber

Operations Coordinator

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Company Artists

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Teaching Artists

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Worklife

Your daily work routine includes a collaborative environment where your input is central to connecting you to the communities we serve.

Career

With a People-focused approach, our organization offers structure, recognition and growth. 65% of our staff and artists have gone on to support larger organizations.

Operations Coordinator

Compensation & Benefits

  • $27-$30/hr for 20-25 hrs/wk
  • Schedule Flexibility
  • Access to Studio Space Time
  • Unlimited Dance Classes

How to Apply

  • Please Apply on Indeed.com
  • The interview process will include the following:
    • Intro Phone Screen 
    • Short videos of pre-recorded Q/A 
    • Portfolio submission of previous work samples (ex. writing, worksheets, projects)
    • Formal Interview Rounds (in-person and video)

Core Skills

Project Management Tools (Asana) • Google Suite • Program Coordination • Operational Logistics • Webinar Facilitating • Event Coordination • Guest Service •  Volunteer Management • Detail-Oriented • Task Initiator • Organization • Planning 

Soft Skills

Hospitality • Relate with Others • Collaboration • Conflict-Resolution • Problem Solver • Learner • Flexible • Can-Do mentality

Preferred Skills

Grant Writing Experience • Canva/Adobe Suite • Quickbooks basics • Webpage management • Social Media savvy

WHAT WE DO

PUSH Dance Company (PUSH) is a non-profit arts organization with the philosophy of bringing “Art to the People” by way of inclusive and equitable programming.  PUSH Dance Company performs vibrant contemporary dances, providing audiences an opportunity to examine issues of identity and intersecting cultures that surround and affect us all. Founded in 2005 by Artistic Director Raissa Simpson, PUSH maintains a philosophy that bold movement and intellect can coexist.  This vision also includes a BIPOC artist sanctuary for artists of color.   

HOW YOU’LL MAKE AN IMPACT

As we move into the prospect of operating our own dance studio, we need a dedicated Operations Coordinator (PT) who brings sustainable program & project coordination, non-profit administration, payroll and budgeting practices to our growing arts organization.  You will manage and train our team allowing us to thrive in a creative and positive environment.  You  will help steward the coordination and growth of our programs. You help shepard the programming to our stakeholders and the general public.  This job is onsite 4-5 days a week with occasional evenings and weekend events.

ROLE REQUIREMENTS 

Front Desk & Guest Services

  • Develop & Coordinate front desk guest service team.
  • Promote the Push Dance Vision, Programs, Events, & Services to everyone
  • Warmly greet all incoming faculty, staff, students, visitors and guests
  • Answer phone call inquiries with collegial communication & redirect accordingly 
  • Check-in students and process payment for classes, workshops and studio rentals

Studio & Facilities Management 

  • Ensure all operations are functional during studio hours.  Maintain a clean, organized, and suitable studio working environment for guests, participants, and staff.  
  • Process Requests for Studio Rentals and Room Reservations.
  • Prepare & assist studio instructors for daily programming, space planning, and resourcing.

Office Operations

  • Human Resource Functions (onboarding, employee relations)
  • Facilitate and manage Work Exchange Program and Front desk staff
  • Assist in Back Office functions: budgeting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and general bookkeeping
  • Maintain database(s) with up-to-date information in MindBody, Quickbooks, etc.

Event Coordination

  • Assist with creation and design of brochures and slide presentations
  • Manage and facilitate logistics of events and residencies including invitations, RSVPS, catering, etc 
  • Coordinate and update Asana & Google calendars 
  • Attend PUSH events

Grant Management

  • Research and gather necessary information for grant applications in conjunction with AD
  • Manage deadline, engagement activities like outdoor classes, and status updates
  • Track and manage grant timelines and reporting requirements
  • Draft and send thank you letters and reports

Marketing & Web Coordination

  • Primary contact for the website and social media
  • Draft content for social media and/or blogs
  • Keeps all accounts, stories, events up-to-date
  • Trains faculty and staff on web presence like in house promotion of classes

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Company Artists

Rolling/until filled

    Audition for PUSH Dance Company.

    Video Submission

    PUSH is currently accepting video auditions for its 2022 season. We are seeking women, men and non-binary individuals with experience on stage. This is a paid position that may lead to ongoing work.

    Eligibility: PUSH is a contemporary modern dance company that doesn’t require conservatory training or technique in Western dance forms such as modern contemporary dance or ballet in order to join our artist roster.

    To audition, please use the form to the left to send the following materials:

    1. Contact Name & Email
    2. Video Link (Vimeo/Youtube)
    3. Resume/CV or Describe Your Dance Background (PDF)
    4. Two phone references
    5. Headshot

    Company Artists receive competitive hourly studio and technical rehearsal pay; and payment per performance

    Teaching Artist

    Email your resume to info[at]pushdance[dot]org with the subject line: “Teaching Artist” along with a pdf Resume/CV and two phone references.

    Salary is commensurate with experience @ $40-$50/hr. This is a 3-month temporary part-time job with the potential of annual hiring.

    We regularly partner with community centers, public/private schools and social justice organizations to bring dance offerings to youth as young as 4 years and as old as 26 years.

    Our teaching artists teach regular classes and collaborate on seasonal shows. This is a rewarding and fulfilling job for anyone looking to bridge the gap in dance training between low-income communities of color.

    Our TAs receive ongoing mentorship and support in child development, classroom environment and meeting intelligences outcomes.