Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company Builds Vibrant Contemporary Dances To Gain A Deeper Understanding Of The Challenges Attributed To Mixed Heritage.
Ashley GayleAssociate Artistic DirectorAshley 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.
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Terrence PaschalCompany ArtistTerrence 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
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Jeremie SecreaseCompany ArtistAs 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.
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Erik K. Raymond LeeCompany ArtistBorn 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.
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Victoria HerreraCompany ArtistVictoria Herrera (she/her) from Chicago, Illinois started taking dance classes at Curie Metropolitan High School. Herrera graduated in December 2021 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. She has performed at Dance Chicago, Harris Theatre, and Livorno in Danza in Italy. As well as performing with Northern Dance Theatre in ENUF at the Kennedy Center for the American College Dance Association Festival. Victoria danced with Dance Loop Chicago located in Chicago, IL for Three seasons. She is currently in PUSH Dance Company located in San Francisco, CA. As well as teaching with Ray of Light Performing Arts Studio.
Jeremy BrooksCompany ArtistJeremy 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.