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Adam W. McKinney - Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX, US

Adam W. McKinney Adam W. McKinney

Assistant Professor of Dance | Texas Christian University


Adam McKinney is an expert in dance and trauma studies, as well as artistic practice dealing with issues of race, identity and history.





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Adam W. McKinney is a former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet Company. He has led dance work with diverse populations across the U.S. and in Canada, England, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Palestine, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and South Africa. He served as a U.S. Embassy Culture Connect Envoy to South Africa through the U.S. State Department. Other awards of note include the NYU President’s Service Award for dance work with populations who struggle with heroin addiction, grants from the U.S. Embassy in Budapest and The Trust for Mutual Understanding to work with Roma youth in Hungary, a Jerome Foundation grant for Emerging Choreographers and a U.S. Embassy in Accra grant to lead a video oral history project with a Jewish community in Sefwi Wiawso, Ghana. He was a School of American Ballet’s National Visiting Teaching Fellow, an opportunity to engage in important conversations around diversity and inclusion in classical ballet. Named one of the most influential African Americans in Milwaukee, WI by St. Vincent DePaul, McKinney is the Co-Director of DNAWORKS (www.dnaworks.org), an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. He holds a BFA in Dance Performance with high honors from Butler University and an MA in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories from NYU-Gallatin.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Artistic Practice and Identity

Dance and Trauma Studies

Dance and Cultural Studies

Dance in Community Settings

Artistic Practice and Race

Education (2)

Butler University: B.F.A., Dance Performance

New York University: M.A., Dance Studies, Race and Trauma Theories

Event Appearances (1)

Dance as Metaphor: Healing from Racism

International Association of Blacks in Dance Annual Conference  Dallas, TX