Described as “mesmerizing” [The Stewardship Report] and “brilliant” [Huffington Post], Cameron McKinney is a New York City-based choreographer and educator. With over 14 years of Japanese language study, he founded Kizuna Dance in 2014 with the mission of creating works that celebrate the Japanese culture. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Alvin Ailey Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council, and he has presented work and/or taught in fifteen states and in Japan, Mexico, and the UK. His choreography was recently selected from more than 200 applicants to be presented in Blois, France, in the 1st International Choreographic Festival of Blois in July 2019. In addition to commissions for new works from The Dance Gallery Festival, Men in Dance Festival, The Thacher School, and SUNY Brockport in 2018, he also has received commissions to create original works twice from the Joffrey Ballet School, and twice from the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival, among several others.
Cameron has taught on faculty at Gibney Dance since 2016, and he has taught at several festivals across the United States. He is currently building Nagare Technique, a training module that blends butoh, streetdance styles, and contemporary floorwork. Through Kizuna Dance and the company’s new Culture Commissions program, he also directly supports other emerging artists by offering commissions for new works created through research-oriented explorations into the Japanese language and culture.