Jess is your go-to person for collaborative projects and questions regarding the overall organization. She oversees the artistic and executive management for Dogtown Dance Theatre.
She is also Founder and Co-Artistic Director of RVA Dance Collective, the company in residence at Dogtown Dance Theatre.
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.
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.
Videographer & Editor
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.
Administrative Partner | Writer
Jenna is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher who just graduated in May from VCU with their BFA in Dance & Choreography. Jenna works on the weekends at the front desk! Say hello the next time you are registered to come and take a class with us!
Kassandra is another one of our friendly front desk associates! 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.
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.