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


Aleja Aleja Photo by Deeksha Prakash Photography

Music • Dance • Visual Art

The Hip Hop Artist Residency & Training (HART) Program is a 4-month residency that will provide training and performance opportunities to 8 Black transitional youth (ages 18-26) with aspirations to build a career in Hip Hop and the performing arts. Participants will receive:

• A stipend of $2,000
• Access to a dance & music recording studio
• Mentorship and Workshops
• Social Media skill building

For questions please e-mail: erik@pushdance.org

Jamey Williams Photo by Deeksha Prakash Photography

HART Staff

Erik K. Raymond Lee, HART Director

Erik K. Raymond Lee is an Oakland native and professional choreographer and dancer for the past 11 years. He began dancing hip hop and received formal dance training from UC Berkeley, BA in Dance & Performance Studies (2010) and Mills College, MFA in Dance (2017).  He also has trained in liturgical dance and African Diasporic dances. He was Program Director for Berkeley Scholars to Cal, an 8-year mentoring program for Black and Brown youth. He became Co-Managing Director for Ailey Camp Berkeley/Oakland in 2019 after working within the organization for 4 years. He is excited to serve as HART Director.

Photography Credit: Edward Miller

Andrea Spearman

Andréa Spearman, Project Assistant

Andréa Spearman balances life as an Artist and Arts Administrator. As Artist Resource Manager, she supports artist-led community development work, and increases visibility for dance artists, locally, nationally and internationally. She has also served on granting panels for Dancers’ Group, California Arts Council, and an artist relief fund led by Dancers’ Group, Theatre Bay Area and InterMusicSF.

For 20+ years, Spearman has been a student, teacher, choreographer, and performer of a variety of modern-based movements. She creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and an eclectic mix of styles. Her latest endeavor, The Black Landscape podcast, highlights Black SF Bay Area leaders, emerging and established.

Photography Credit: Self-portrait

Current 2023-24 Resident Artists





HART is a collaborative partnership between Zaccho Dance Theatreand PUSH Dance Company; and funded by the City of San Francisco’s Dream Keeper Initiative and Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre’s  Secure the B.A.G. re-granting program.

This event is supported by the Secure the B.A.G. regranting program, a collaboration between BVOH and SFAAACD with support from the SF Dream Keeper Initiative and the SFOEWD Invest in Neighborhoods program