Cameron McKinney, the Artistic Director of Kizuna Dance, is a New York City-based choreographer and educator. With over 16 years of Japanese language study, he created Kizuna Dance with the mission of using contemporary floorwork to create works that celebrate Japanese culture. He has received fellowships from the United States-Japan Friendship Commission, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, the Alvin Ailey Foundation, and the Asian Cultural Council. Through Kizuna Dance, Cameron has presented work and taught in eighteen states and in Mexico, France, the UK, and in Japan in the U.S. Ambassador's Residence. His commissions include The Ailey School, Princeton University, Joffrey Ballet School, Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival (UK), Slippery Rock University, The Dance Gallery Festival, Old Dominion University, and Bates College, among numerous others. His teaching credits include Adjunct & Visiting Lecturer positions at Princeton University, Bard College, and Queensborough Community College. He teaches on faculty at Gibney, and he has taught for festivals nationally and internationally. He is currently building Nagare Technique, a training module that blends streetdance styles and contemporary floorwork. In 2021, he launched the inaugural Open Intensive, a week of day-long intensives made entirely free for all participants, featuring high-quality dance education provided by the company artists of Kizuna Dance.