LaWanda S. Raines
LaWanda Raines earned a B.FA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has choreographed Children of Eden (Manchester High School), pieces for Latin Ballet of Virginia productions (2004-2014), and Langston is My Man (African American Repertory Company). Her adjudicated works presented at Black College Dance Exchange and Richmond Dance Festival. Flamenco. LaWanda works as a teaching artist, and has a M.F.A in Dance and Creative Process with a Certificate in Dance Production from St. Mary’s College, California.
LaWanda handles all of Dogtown's mainstage events and performances. If you are interested in self producing work or have a question regarding submissions to an upcoming festival she's your go-to person!
Social Media & Marketing Manager
Lesley is an all-around versatile individual who loves a challenge
She is the social media and marketing for dog town to keep you in the loop for upcoming classes and schedule programs. She is also an animal lover and takes care of client's pooches and kitties in the Richmond area.
Reach out if you need her to help you drum up some social media work!!
After serving Dogtown through the VCU work-study program, Kaylin established herself as as a valuable asset to Dogtown and now currently serves as Dogtown's technical coordinator.
Presently, Kaylin balances her responsibilities at Dogtown with her studies at VCU. She is hoping to pursue a Stage Management Major while at VCU and hopes to remain in theater after college.
Kassandra is now our operations manager, she handles accounting, staff scheduling, general administration - invoicing for daily and monthly renters, policies and procedures, liabilities and forms. You will see her on weekends and Tuesdays. Kassandra is originally from Northern VA. She currently lives in Richmond and is a Junior at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Psychology.
Taylor is Dogtown's videographer for social media and also helps with front desk check in. Taylor creates performance works and is part-time faculty for the Governor's School for the Arts Department of Dance in Norfolk, Virginia. She graduated from VCU in Spring 2020 receiving a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography.
Kenzy is Dogtown's Stage Manager and responsible for running the show behind the scenes! Even though Kenzy is not a dancer, she has always had a passion for dance and greatly appreciate the arts.
Erika is another one of our friendly front desk associates! Erica mainly works the front desk where she has the pleasure to greet all artists and movers with a welcoming smile. Originally from Virginia Beach and is currently a senior at VCU studying Dance and Choreography with a minor in Psychology.
Lucia is an aspiring artist and health educator who is currently a senior at VCU working on a BFA in Dance & Choreography and BS in Health Sciences. Lucia works at the front desk ensuring everyone is having a great time visiting Dogtown! Feel free to say hi the next time you come in!