DOGTOWN ARTISTS

RVA Dance Collective 

 

RVA Dance Collective sprung from the creative collaboration between artistic directors Jess Burgess, Dogtown's own Artistic & Executive Director, and Danica Kalemdaroglu.



As the resident company at Dogtown, RVA Dance Collective works tirelessly to bridge the gap between artists of all mediums in the city of Richmond. Formed under the assumption that great art cannot survive or thrive without the spirit of collaboration, RVA Dance Collective’s artistic goal is the union of all forms of art in the Central Virginia area. Burgess and Kalemdaroglu have worked with visual artists, film artists, musicians, photographers, and theatre artists in the spirit of finding absolute creativity.


Join them for FREE modern technique class every Sunday at Dogtown from 11:00am - 12:15pm! 
 

 

Circular Expressions 
 

Circular Expressions is a Richmond, Virginia, flow arts entertainment troupe. They encourage creative expression and active living through prop manipulation while hypnotizing audiences with contagious energy and innovative choreography. They are available for public performance, private parties, and corporate events.

 

If you would like to book Circular Expressions for an upcoming event, please contact them through this link.

CLAVES UNIDOS 
 

CLAVES UNIDOS™, translated to United Rhythms, is a collective of independent artists under the artistic direction of founder Kevin LaMarr Jones. Jones believes that beyond the barriers of race, age, gender, religion, and geography, the African presence in the arts unites the world. 

CLAVES UNIDOS presents dance productions and events that are life and community-affirming, including a free African Roots Community Dance Class on Saturday mornings at Dogtown. It is a ‘kinetic tour’ of African influenced dances 'between the back yard and the Caribbean'.

 

For more information on classes or performances contact: Kevin Lamarr Jones, Artistic Director, CLAVES UNIDOS.

Dogwood Dance Project 

Dogwood Dance Project strives to present dance that is accessible to a wide range of audiences, while pushing for an ever-higher level of artistry and innovation. While remaining Richmond based, Dogwood aims to work with performers, choreographers and students from across the Commonwealth in efforts to engage with as many communities as possible. Dogwood is proud to have founded the Dogwood Youth Ensemble in 2012. What began as a resume-building performance opportunity for three high school dancers from one studio has grown to a well-respected apprenticeship program which offers guest choreographers, regular class, performance, and service opportunities to upwards of 10 student dancers each year from all around the Richmond-metro area. Dogwood loves calling Dogtown Dance Theatre home, and offers seasonal masterclass opportunities as well as an annual performance of company and guest artist work in January.

 

For more information about classes, performances, or opportunities within Dogwood, please reach out to Managing Director, Jason Sandahl, at dogwooddanceproject@gmail.com or visit www.dogwooddanceproject.weebly.com 

KrasH!Dance Productions

KrasH!Dance Productions, run by Founder & Artistic Director Kelly Hamlin, is a contemporary company that fuses dance with elements of theatre for a unique storytelling experience onstage. Through their signature use of props and choreographed costume transformations onstage, this company takes a cinematic approach at engaging audiences in hopes of bringing people together on a universal level. 

 

The company has been in residence here since 2015, the year they received the Micro Space Grant of Dogtown Dance Theatre.

 

KrasH!Dance offers a fun-filled Contemporary class every week at Dogtown. The class is free of charge and open to all levels, providing dancers of all walks of life an opportunity to perfect their performance quality while leaning how to communicate with an audience, how to pick up choreography, improvisational skills and most important, how to emote onstage. [Photo by: Dave Parrish]

 

For more information visit kellyhamlin.org 

Salsa Connection Dance Company

Salsa Connection Dance Company, LLC is a dance company based in Richmond, Virginia whose goal is to promote awareness and appreciation for Latin dance and music through quality instruction, performances, and outreach.  Salsa Connection's four founding company members all previously trained and performed with Latin Vintage Productions, LLC under the direction of Owner/Artistic Director Julissa Cruz.  


Our goal at Salsa Connection is to help create a supportive dance community both inside and outside of the studio.  As our name implies, so much of dance is about connection -- connection to the music, connection to your partner, connection through body awareness, and connection to the community.  We focus on teaching proper technique thereby empowering students to grow as dancers both in the studio and in their social dancing.  We are passionate about dancing and teaching and hope to share our love of dance with everyone we meet!

 

For more information, please contact salsacxdance@gmail.com.
 

Pole Pressure 
 

Pole Pressure are the area’s best polers, and pole fitness instructors. With an international reputation, positive energy is what Pole Pressure has every day.

 

Everyone starts out as a student, including their instructors. Everyone has to start somewhere and getting through the door is the hardest part. You’ll be addicted from your first spin!Their goal is to continue to offer elements that you can’t find anywhere else. ‘Wow!’ is a word they hear regularly.

Pole Pressure instructors are extremely personable, and you will enjoy their services. They take you as their number one priority and they enjoy  being your favorite place to hang out and workout.

For more information please visit Pole Pressure RVA's website.

Richmond Urban Dance​

Richmond Urban Dance is a dance company focusing exclusively on street-style dance and open to all ages and skill sets. Their mission is to  bring street style into the studio and showcase the raw talent and passion found in our community. To reflect our core values and create a positive and safe space for our dancers to grow their talents and become contributing members of our community. RUD hosts numerous classes at Dogtown, and has called Dogtown home since 2018. Many of their students are on scholarship, made possible in part by Dogtown’s Artist Resource Program.

 

For more information on classes or performances, contact Mandy Helminger, Artistic Director.

Studio4 Dance Agency

In 2002, 4 The Streetz Choreography was founded by Deandra Clarke. The professional hip-hop dance company served as a way for dancers in the area to move forward in pursuit of their dance aspirations without having to leave Richmond for major cities such as New York or Los Angeles, while providing them with similar performance opportunities to build their dance resumes, gain experience in the dance industry and help prepare for the point in their lives when they decide to make that move into a professional dance career in a major city. 

 

Studio 4 Dance Company is loosely restructured from the original 4The Streetz Choreography. The current dance company will continue to serve as a way for dancers in the area to move forward in pursuit of their dance aspirations but will take it a step further in providing them with professional dance training as well. Additionally, Studio 4 Dance Company will offer an avenue for members to utilize the skills they’ve gained by hosting at least two seasonal dance performances in a local Richmond theatre, alongside traveling nationally for outside performance, workshops, and choreography opportunities that will arise throughout any given dance season.

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