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


``Pushing The Standard`` - SF Chronicle

About PUSH

Described as “emotional and kinetic” (San Francisco Bay Guardian), 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.

PUSH has presented countless interdisciplinary works vivifying the personal, untold stories of individuals from unique and overlooked communities. The Company annually produces PUSHfest & PUSHfest Awards, a cross-genre dance festival that brings together existing works by choreographers working within different dance disciplines and boasts a Dance Education Outreach Program that brings high-quality dance artists to teach throughout the Bay Area.

A surprise to watch. – Rita Felciano

Artistic Matters

Raissa Simpson

Artistic Director


Kai Curtis



Terrence Paschal



Karla Quintero

Project Assistant

Board of Directors

President Emeritus

Jamie Wright


Kai Curtis


Tamika Chenier


Julia Canavese

Advisory Council

Tina M Sevilla


Cathleen McCarthy


Evy Warshawski


Idris Ackamoor


Rhodessa Jones

Artistic Team

Rehearsal Director

Ashley Gayle


Fundraising Director

Tina M. Sevilla


Financial Advisor

Yesenia Sanchez



Mary Carbonara


Technical Director

Grisel Torres

Composers & Musicians 

Idris Ackamoor
Tori Quinn


Photo & Video

Don Albonico
Austin Forbord
Matt Haber
Clare Hwang
Smeeta Manhanti
Loren R Robertson

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