Statement from the Artistic & Executive Director:Dogtown Dance Theatre offers beautiful, highly versatile performance spaces available at extremely low cost for artists, in comparison to other venues in the city.
Currently, Dogtown Dance Theatre does not have a highly active board. However, the organization is in the process of creating a plan to increase board engagement. Dogtown Dance Theatre would ultimately want to recruit board members who will be active in developing the organization to its full potential - particularly with respect to fundraising.Regarding facilities, the theater space needs to be updated so that it meets industry standards. This includes wireless communication, up to date lighting instruments, and sound equipment. The former director maintains several relationships with technical staff at venues in multiple cities, and has been able to acquire a solid range of functional starter equipment.
The Dogtown Presenter’s Series is a 3-week fall celebration that will highlight the independent artists and organizations rehearsing and teaching at Dogtown Dance Theatre. Currently, Dogtown is home to 8 different dance and movement organizations. One arts organization will be invited by the Artistic Director to participate for a series of professionally produced performances and community workshops each fall in the Dogtown Presenter’s Series. The Series will increase awareness of the artists that make the theatre their home to the Richmond community. Dogtown manages the production costs of the concert by providing artists with rehearsal and performance space as well as marketing and technical needs. Artists invited to participate in the program will be awarded multiple full-length performances alongside master-level classes and workshops. Dogtown grants a stipend and a portion of the proceeds from the box office to the dance organization for the encouragement of creating new art.
The Dogtown Presenter’s Series is an innnovative way of producing dance artists in the Richmond community. It also engages Richmond arts audiences in a way never done before within the city limits. The Dogtown Presenter’s Series embodies Dogtown Dance Theatre’s mission by bringing professionally-produced dance concerts alongside specialized dance education that sculpts and pioneers Richmond’s expanding, diverse dance opportunities. All of Dogtown’s programmatic content is fostered, created, and presented by a choreographer who calls Dogtown “home.” The Dogtown Presenter’s Series own mission is to expose Richmond audiences to Dogtown choreographers who reflect the cultural diversity alive in dance today, to promote artists from a variety of dance styles and genres and support them in creating new works of expression. In doing so the Series will ultimately nurture long-term and multi-faceted partnerships between Dogtown Dance Theatre, its choreographers, their audiences, and the Richmond community.
Goals and Objectives
The Dogtown Presenter’s Series overall goals and mission serve to support Dogtown Dance Theatre’s own mission to provide independent artists with a home to create and present their art.
The goals of the Dogtown Dance Presenter’s include:
· To push aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity alive in dance today
· Nurture long-term and multi-faceted partnerships between choreographers that reside in house at Dogtown and their audiences
· Involve choreographers and dance artists from a range of dance styles and pedagogy
· Expose Richmond audiences to choreographers and movement artists that may not otherwise have the opportunity to show their work fully produced
National Dance Day will feature open-level classes instructed by all local Richmond dance artists, including Afro-Caribbean inspired Claves Unidos led by Kevin Lamarr Jones, modern/contemporary dance choreographed by RVA Dance Collective’s Jess Burgess, aerial dance and circus arts by Host of Sparrow’s Heather Bailey, pole dancing with Pole Pressure, relaxing yoga with Cate Harrison, hoop dance from Circular Expression’s Maria Estrada, bellydancing with Khalima and her Illumination Dance Studio, and hip hop dancing with Deandra Clark’s Studio 4. The celebration of National Dance Day hosted by Dogtown represents the cultural diversity alive today in dance, and provides a way for students to experience them all in one day. Two of the dance companies, RVA Dance Collective and Claves Unidos, teach free classes at Dogtown year-round, as well, and all other classes are donation-based or extremely low-cost.
Dogtown Dance Theatre supports artists all artists who are established, or rising, and seeks to present new and exciting ways to the give back to the Richmond community, and National Dance Day is an exemplary achievement in avoiding the obstacles of performance and production, not to mention marketing costs; Dogtown believes that dance should not be a luxury, but a right.
Short-term success for National Dance Day is seen in the increase in overall numbers in classes after the event. Patronage is supported through free events like National Dance Day as it helps expose Dogtown to the community and show our community the high quality instruction available here at very affordable costs.
Dogtown has held two successful National Dance Day events since Jess Burgess assumed leadership at the organization. Each year the event grows and we are able to offer more classes to more students.
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