Described as “mesmerizing” [The Stewardship Report] and “brilliant” [Huffington Post], Cameron McKinney is a New York City-based choreographer, dancer, educator, and author. He founded Kizuna Dance in 2014 with the mission of creating works that celebrate the Japanese language and culture. He was awarded a 2019-20 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship to collaborate with renowned Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki on the creation of a new 30-minute work to be showcased as part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games events. His work has been recognized through a Choreographic Fellowship for the Alvin Ailey Foundation’s New Directions Choreography Lab, provided through generous support from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. He also recently received a three-month Individual Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to travel to Japan and continue his studies on the intersections of streetdance and butoh in 2019. In addition to receiving commissions for new works from Princeton University (NJ), The Dance Gallery Festival (NYC), the Men in Dance Festival (WA), The Thacher School (CA), SUNY Brockport (NY), and Peridance Capezio Center’s inaugural Choreographic Development Project (NYC) in 2018, he has also been commissioned twice by the Joffrey Ballet School (NYC), twice by the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival (UK), and by SpectorDance (CA) and LIU Brooklyn (NYC), among others. Cameron was also chosen as one of ten emerging choreographers for Doug Varone’s DEVICES choreographic mentorship program in 2015.
He has presented choreographic work nationally and internationally at prestigious institutions and festivals such as The Japan Society (NYC), Performatica (Mexico), Serendipity and the LDIF Festival (UK), Gibney Dance (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), Middlebury Institute for International Studies (CA), Middlebury College (VT), Dixon Place (NYC), the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (MA), Against the Grain / Men in Dance (WA), Charlotte Ballet (NC), the Wassaic Summer Project Festival (NY), Triskelion Arts (NYC), Nazareth College (NY), The Dance Gallery Festival (NYC), the 92nd Street Y (NYC), Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC), and the KUNST-OFF Arts Studio (CA), among many others. His choreography was awarded the Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Men in Dance Festival in Seattle, WA. Kizuna Dance’s 2019 Season featured its French premiere in Blois, France at the International Choreographic Festival of Blois. The 2020 Season will feature the company's return to Mexico's Performatica Festival and the full company's performance debut in Japan at Theatre X.
As a professional educator, Cameron's teaching credits include Adjunct Lecturer in Dance positions at Princeton University and Queensborough Community College. He has lead workshops, masterclasses, and residencies at Brooklyn College (NYC), Gibney Dance (NYC), Joffrey Dance Center (NYC), Northampton Center for the Arts (MA), Cleveland State University (OH), Sam Houston State University (TX), Charlotte Ballet (NC), University of Washington (WA), Purdue University (IN), Middlebury Institute for International Studies (CA), Middlebury College (VT), Spectrum Dance Theater (WA), De Montfort University & Curve Theatre (UK), Performatica (MEX), The Dance Complex (MA), Moving Target Portland (ME), Hunter College (NYC), Denmark Arts Center (ME), The Thacher School (CA), Dancin’ on the Edge (NJ), SpectorDance (CA), Studio Muku (Japan), and Madison Dance Studio (TN), among many others. He is currently teaching on faculty at Gibney Dance Center, and has taught on faculty at the Joffrey Dance School, the Charlotte Dance Festival, the Tennessee Dance Festival, the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, and Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center.