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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[📸: @robbiesweeny 
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

About This Project

Codelining

Through a dialogic process, Codelining  (Coding + Redlining) builds bridges between communities which have often been set against one another in San Francisco’s affordability crisis by bringing together a group made of dancers and technologists.

Adorned with a sense of curiosity, the project studies the steady stream of out-migration facing San Francisco’s African Americans population. The work’s approach to melding dancer-friendly gadgets and motion sensors lends itself to capturing movement for the video projection.

Upcoming Dates

Residencies and Shows

29 May - 5 June Dance Initiative Residency

7 June: Aspen Fringe Festival

Past Happenings

26-27 Apr 2019 : Bayview Opera House

25 Apr 2019 : Bayview Opera House School Performance

28-30 Sept 2018: ODC Theater

14-22 Sept 2018: CounterPULSE Combustible Residency

19 Apr 2018: Bayview Opera House

27-28 Apr 2018: African American Art & Culture Complex

18 Apr 2018: Bayview Opera House School Day

Themes and Exploration

From theme to artistic form, these new media tools assist the group to create a fabricated environment encompassing redlining, gentrification and the digital divide. Above all else, Codelining explores hope and access to technology while acknowledging the real or perceived barriers between artists, technologists, and communities of color.

Each iteration of the project results in the exploration of technology and dance. The project is ongoing but aspires towards the dismantling of gentrification. Codelining is made up of a multicultural group of dancers, artists and technologists with different perspectives on Race, yet a single commitment to producing strategies on empowerment and social change.

Over the course of developing this project, Raissa Simpson will facilitate a multimedia dance between her company and the technology collective, We Inventing the Real.

In sum, Codelining (Coding + Redlining) explores new media tools (motion capture, wireless sensory, projection mapping, etc.) to explore redlining, gentrification, the digital divide, and the real or perceived barriers between artists, technologists, and communities of color.

Afrofuturism and Tech

Writings & Studies

Collaborators
  • In alphabetical order:
  • Léna Alvino
  • Lydia Clinton
  • daevron
  • Clarissa Dyas
  • Delvis Friñón
  • Ashley Gayle
  • Niara Hardister
  • Hien Huynh
  • Courtney Hope
  • Noah D. James
  • Arvejon Jones
  • Adonis Damien Martin
  • Jaavon Martin
  • Terrence Paschal
  • Kao Vey Sebastian Saephanh
  • Patrick Secrease
  • Ayo Walker