Hip Hop Artist Residency & Training
The Hip Hop Artist Residency & Training (HART) Program is a 4-month residency that will provide training and performance opportunities to 8 Black performing artists ages 18 and up with aspirations to build a career in Hip Hop and the performing arts. This culturally enriching program will also address how racial equity and social justice issues impact the Hip Hop and performing arts community. The HART Program will culminate in the creation of a collaborative performance led by the HART Resident Artists at the Bayview Opera House.

All Bay Area Black performing artists ages 18 and up are eligible to apply and then chosen by a panel of experienced Black performing arts professionals. Each HART Resident will have an opportunity to engage in their particular area of interest or expertise, focusing on the three tenets of Hip Hop: dance, music, and visual art. Placement in one of the three tenets of Hip Hop is determined by the candidate’s strengths and progress throughout the program.

Each HART Resident Artist will receive:

- A stipend of $2,000 - Access to dance & music recording studios - Mentorship and Workshops - Social media skill building

HART is a collaborative partnership between Zaccho Dance Theatre and PUSH Dance Company, and funded by the City of San Francisco’s Dream Keeper Initiative.

For inquiries and/or application support, please contact office@pushdance.org
Applications for the Fall 2022 HART Program are due by August 25, 2022
The Fall 2022 HART Residency will begin in September 2022, culminating in February 2023 with a collaborative performance by the HART Resident Artists at the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco. Due to the time commitment necessary, higher education students should apply ONLY if enrolled in part-time study. 

TO APPLY: Artists should submit by email to office@pushdance.org a resume and/or brief biography related to their area of Hip Hop expertise/interest (dance, music, visual arts), and up to two letters of recommendation by AUGUST 25, 2022. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by no later than September 7, 2022.
Our Spring 2022 HART Resident Artists are:
Aleja Cobarruviaz
Aleja Cobarruviaz (she/her/they/them) is a multidisciplinary poet, singer/songwriter, lyricist, and dancer. As a writer, she draws upon her own experience as a jumping off point for honest discourse on realities of the Black experience. In her own personal life, Aleja is a follower of Christ whose family has a long line of those who see visions and receive words and messages through dreams. Professionally, she is a visionary and business woman who produces vibrant life behind her own unique sound. Her music inspirations include Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Doja Cat, and Kanye West. Her work is about community-driven power and carving out unique spaces for uncomfortable truths to be heard and explored.
Rama Mahesh Hall
Rama Mahesh Hall (he/him) is a dancer, choreographer and educator of hip hop, house dance, locking, and waacking. He also trains in capoeira, West African, and Afro-Haitian dance, and has performed in works by Eric Fenn of Loose Change. As an educator, Rama teaches meditation to youth in a San Francisco middle school. Rama is part of the inaugural cohort of the Hip Hop Artist Residency & Training program with Zaccho Dance Theatre and PUSH Dance Company. He has toured and taught nationally and internationally, most notably with the Embodiment Project.
Cameron (Honest) McGowan
Honest (he/him) is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. His rap lyricism draws upon precise description of his environment along with socially conscious and mental health advocacy. Early on Honest was exposed to such inspirations as his mom & dad; and influential rappers like j Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and drake. As a community activist, Honest continues to work and produce music in his Bay Area hometown and is co-founder of OTS recording studios.
jamil nasim
Jamil Nasim (he/him/they/them) is a post-disciplinary musician and visual artist who moves between media and soundscape ecology. Nasim shifts recorded sounds from symbolic Black life and linguistics into hip hop music primarily through sampling technology and electronic processing. Nasim has exhibited at the 1506 Haight Gallery and is part of the inaugural cohort of the Hip Hop Artist Residency & Training program with Zaccho Dance Theatre and PUSH Dance Company. He has been featured by Cosmo Records and he has been producing an ongoing series of electronic, house, and hip hop music events.
Khissa Sano
Khissa Sano (she/her) is a Bronx-born interdisciplinary hip hop dancer and cultural practitioner who grew up in Oakland. Under the lineage of Sano, she is a principal dancer of traditional West African Guinean dance and music. She has trained at Destiny Arts for 11 years, while studying at the Oakland School of the Arts and ODC Dance School. Sano has been a member of Future Shock Dance Company and in various music videos. She is currently a dance major at Cal State Long Beach.
Randal (Ran de Casa) Seriguchi Jr
Ran de Casa (he/him) is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco working at the intersection of music and visual media art. Ran de Casa mixes various musical genres with Hip Hop music. At the same time, he has collaborated with artists ranging from gospel, rock and R&B soul to jazz music and Afropop. He is dedicated to documenting visual memories and real life through his media and film. Early on, Ran de Casa was exposed to artists who blend visual and music elements such as the Funkadelics. While pursuing his music and film career, he also received degrees from American University Washington College of Law and University of Michigan.
Danielle Smith
Danielle Smith (she/her) is an Oakland-based multidisciplinary hip hop artist and educator from “the 216,” better known as Cleveland. Her credits include performing for Major Hammy at Princess Drag at Oasis, Oghodo General at New Karibbean City, and BamB the Man at Zanzi among others. Danielle holds a B.A. in dance and social justice from the University of San Francisco. Her choreography has been presented at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Massachusetts since 2019. As an administrator, she serves as manager of Marketing & Communications at the Bay Area Children's Theatre. Danielle is thrilled to be presenting her work as part of the Hip Hop Artist Residency & Training program with PUSH Dance Company & Zaccho Dance Theatre. danielletaylorsmith.com
Jamey Williams
Jamey Williams (he/him) is an award-winning spoken word poet, actor, and educator. While actively engaging in his artistic career, he is also a community organizer who teaches spoken word poetry workshops in K-12 schools. His poetry has gained him international attention, especially for his complex lyricism and work on socio-political awareness. Williams is co-founder of Rich Oak Alchemy Open Mic as well as the Slam Poetry Club. His awards include being dubbed “the nicest poet in the country” after winning the 2017 Compliment Death Match at the National Poetry Slam and runner up at America’s Best College Poet competition in 2020. As an actor, his television commercial work includes the “Truth Anti Tobacco,” which aired nationally and for the 2018 Grammys.
What is the Dream Keeper Initiative?
Inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem of the same name, the Dream Keeper Initiative is a new, citywide effort to reinvest $120 million over the next two years from law enforcement into San Francisco’s Black and African American community. This initiative is part of Mayor London N. Breed’s roadmap for reforming public safety and addressing structural inequities in San Francisco.

The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes

“Bring me all of your dreams, You dreamers, Bring me all of your Heart melodies That I may wrap them In a blue cloud-cloth Away from the too-rough fingers Of the world.”