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.
  • 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!
[💃: Lydia Clinton
📸: Robbie Sweeney
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Text reads:

SEPT 5 - OCT 17

#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
[📸: @robbiesweeny 
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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
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
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]

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

  • Photo Courtesy of Ashley Gayle
    Ashley Gayle Associate Artistic Director Ashley Gayle (she/her) graduated from UC Irvine with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and a minor in Business Management. She’s performed with Alayo Dance Co., PUSH, LV Dance Collective, David Herrera Dance Co., Mix'd Ingrdnts, and Urban Jazz Dance Co.. Ashley has taught at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, John Muir Elementary, UC Berkeley/Ailey Camp, Cal State East Bay, Los Positas College, Albany & Novato HS, PUSH Outreach and others. She Co-Directs Visceral Roots Dance Co., rooted in telling stories inspired by social justice for minorities. She’s worked as Shawl-Anderson’s Front Desk Program Manager before joining K*STAR*PRODUCTIONS as Program Manager.She joined PUSH in 2014 and was promoted to Artistic Associate Director in 2022. Photo:Courtesy of Ashley Gayle
  • Terrence Paschal Company Artist Terrence Paschal (he/him)l is a self-made freestyle artist who started dancing in 2010. His first inspirations include Micheal Jackson and later dance battles on Youtube. He studied Oakland-style Turfing, popping and New York-styles called Bruk up and Flexing. After moving to the Bay Area, he discovered a love for House dance, Ballet, and Modern dance in addition to other traditional dance forms. Currently, he enjoys incorporating elements of Hip-hop and freestyle with his dance practice and hopes to share his passion for embodied knowledge and culture with others. He joined PUSH in 2018 Photo: Terrence Paschal
  • Photo Courtesy of Jeremie Secrease
    Jeremie Secrease Company Artist As an Oakland native, Jeremie Secrease (he/him) has always been surrounded by music, dance, and the arts. His passion for dancing came at a young age and even though never formally trained, he found solace in turf dancing. Building his skills as a freestyle dancer, he has performed at many local events and festivals throughout the Bay Area. After being exposed to modern dance within the last few years while working with Visceral Roots Dance Company, Jeremie is currently inspired to fuse technique within his hip hop vocabulary. He’s honored to be a part of PUSH Dance Company and humbled to share his love for dance with the professional dance community. He joined PUSH in 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Jeremie Secrease
  • Photo: Edward Miller
    Erik K. Raymond Lee Company Artist Born and raised in Oakland, California, Erik K. Raymond Lee (he/him) received formal dance training from UC Berkeley, BA in Dance & Performance Studies (2010) and MFA in dance from Mills College (2017). Erik is a professor, choreographer, and small business owner . This is Erik’s 3rd year with PUSH Dance Company. He joined PUSH in 2019. Photo: Edward Miller
  • Photo: jb_gifted2amaze
    Jeremy Brooks Company Artist Jeremy Brooks (he/him) graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Social Welfare and minors in Dance Performance Studies and Public Policy. He began dancing and performing at a young age with Dance A Vision, under the direction of Carla Service. He later expanded his artistry and performance experience via Mime Dance Ministry, The Berkeley Dance Project, and more recently the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship. He joined PUSH in 2022. Photo: jb_gifted2amaze