We have a brand new procedure for scheduling workshops. Vagaro helps us keep track of student numbers along with the liability/COVID waivers.

Please take a moment today and sign up in the VAGARO app. ALL DANCERS must register if they want to take a class with us!





Please read the newly updated policies and procedures. Cancellations must be 48 hours in advance. 


Virginia Black Dance Festival Presents:

Crossover Session

WHEN: Wednesday August 17, 2022
TIME: 6:00PM - 9:00PM

COST:  Free - Donations welcome 


Let’s talk about all of the critical work that happens behind the scenes, away from the studio, needed to get dancers seen and sustained! Join us for a special Crossover Session of the Virginia Black Dance Festival for a networking session and panel discussion about cultivating and promoting dance opportunities and work.


VBDF is excited to host this gathering for community building and networking in between the annual festival dates to continue to spark inspiration, collaboration, and mutual support for our affiliated artists.


Networking sessions and reconnections:

Come ready to share what has happened since the festival in March and what are you looking forward to.


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Artist Management: Lesley Hunter

Lesley Hunter is the new Chief Operating Officer for A Broaderway Foundation in New York. She is an experienced musician, dancer, arts administrator and manager, program coordinator and educator with over twenty years of experience working in the arts  having earned a B.A. in Music Education from Virginia State University and an M.B.A. in Performance Arts Management from New York University.


Her resume boasts of successful years as a music teacher and marching band instructor in Central Virginia, and as the Dance and Music Instructor for non-profit organizations within New York City. While in New York, she has also served as a Program Developer, Coordinator and Manager for programs across the five boroughs. Lesley has taught all genres and levels of music and dance, providing some with private instrument lessons, in addition to general music theory.


Lesley has served the arts community through work with such organizations as the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Concert Arts Guild, Brooklyn Music School, and CLAVES UNIDOS. She believes that art, culture, and the performing arts are fundamentally important to the continued development and power in young people’s lives. Her passion for music and her love of the arts makes her consistently strive for opportunities to apply her gifts in a way that will bring the arts to her community.

LaWanda Raines is a lover of all dances and investigates cultural intersections through dance. She received her BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her MFA from St. Marys’ college of California. She has worked as a dance teaching artist, performer, choreographer and costume designers in the Richmond VA area since 1998. The breadth of her dance training includes ballet, jazz, hip hop, Modern, Somatic dance practices, dance for special needs, hula, gymnastics, Salsa, merengue, Cha Cha, Flamenco, West African, and Afro Caribbean, and public speaking.  She has performed with African American Repertory Theater, Claves Unidos, Fred Ho, Lula Washington Dance Theater, Ujima Dance Theater, Chris Burnside, Latin Ballet of Virginia. Some of her dance instructors include West African with Faye Walker, Flamenco with Antonio Hlldalgo Paz, and Miguel Vargas, Ballet with Carol Crawford Smith, Orisha with Ife Michel and Rumba with Alberto Limonta Perez.

As a university dance instructor at Virginia State University and William and Mary University, she challenges her students to be fully embodied. Mrs. Raines works to create a safe space of learning and healing through dance that facilitates lifelong movement. Her personal choreography utilizes the intersections of culture through dance while engaging the audience in journeys that explore mental health issues, toxic relationships, disability, marriage, poverty, and racism. Her dance experience has led her to create Virginia Black Dance Festival to support artists of color in connecting to each other, present work, and provide mentorship opportunities.  She will continue to bring her experiences in the dance world to help artists in having successful professional productions.  LaWanda Raines is the founder and creator of Virginia Black Dance Festival. She is happy to be working with Dogtown Arts Foundation with funding from the Community Foundation to continue bring the festival to the fullness of its vision to service BIPOC Dancers of Virginia. Mrs. Raines is also excited to be the Dance Minor Coordinator and Director of Sankofa Dance Theatre of Virginia State University as an Assistant Professor. LaWanda works to build bridges in the community through dance and the arts.

Programming & Production:

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Kevin LaMarr Jones is the Artistic Director and Founder of CLAVES UNIDOS, translated United Rhythms, a collective of artists that celebrates the unique ability of dance to build community, with a focus on celebrating the African heritage of the many beloved dance forms around the world. Since graduating with a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, Jones has become a graphic designer, dancer, choreographer, and producer based in Richmond, Virginia. 


In addition to directing CLAVES UNIDOS, Jones’ portfolio includes 7 years as a professional company member and marketing consultant with the Latin Ballet of Virginia and more than 18 years as an Designer and Art Director at Virginia Credit Union. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Dogtown Dance Theatre, his artistic home base since 2011, where he led community classes and created dance work in Dogtown's 109 W. 15th Street location for over a decade.

Marketing & Promotion:

Kevin LaMarr Jones


Faced by Lay Presents 

Make Up Basics

WHEN:  Sunday, August 21, 2022

TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

COST: $70 or $125 if you bring a friend



Please join Allaya Cooper for an afternoon of Makeup 101. Learn Makeup basics that will be covering all the makeup rules!


**Please note: $20 deposit required via cash app $facedbylay or paypal @ACoop657


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Please read the newly updated policies and procedures. Cancellations must be 48 hours in advance. 


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Please read the newly updated policies and procedures. Cancellations must be 48 hours in advance. 


McKinley Walker Jr. Presents:

Model Call for Winter Wonderland 

WHEN: Sunday, August 21, 2022
TIME: 2:00PM - 4:00PM



Are you Model Ready? Mckinley Walker Jr. Presents a Model Call for Winter Wonderland.


Requirements: Must be 18+ yrs old. Females must be 5'7" and taller. Please wear black tank shirts and leggings with heels. Males, must be 5'10" or taller, please wear black shirt and pants with dress shoes. Please bring your comp card.


Please read the newly updated policies and procedures. Cancellations must be 48 hours in advance. 


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