Jess Burgess

Artistic & Executive Director

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

Program Manager

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!

Lesley Schott

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

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!!

Kaylin Corbin

Technical Coordinator

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.

Desmin Taylor

Stage Manager

Desmin is Dogtown's Stage Manager and responsible for running the show behind the scenes! Desmin is also a company dancer with RVA Dance Collective as well as a seasoned dance educator in RVA. Check out his teaching schedule at Dogtown on our workshop page!

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