Adam W. McKinney

Assistant Professor of Dance
Classical & Contemporary Dance
Erma Lowe Hall 211 | 817-257-6674

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BFA, Dance Performance (high honors), Butler University

MA, Dance Studies, Race and Trauma Theories, Gallatin School for Individualized Studies, New York University

Courses Taught

Ballet I - IV
Ballet Partnering
Career Preparation I
Choreography II & IV
DanceTCU I & II
Men's Ballet Technique
Men's Variations
Modern I & III

Areas of Focus

Classical Ballet, Modern Dance - Horton Technique, Dance & Trauma Studies, Dance & Cultural Studies, Dance in Community Settings, Dance & Technology

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 Benin, 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 a Mid-America Arts Alliance Interchange grant for Fort Worth Lynching Tour, an augmented reality bike tour and dance performance around Fort Worth to remember a history of lynching; 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 (, an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. He serves as President for Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice, a Fort Worth-based social justice organization. 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.


Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice –

Fort Worth Lynching Tour (2020), funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance and Asylum Arts, is an outdoor, augmented reality social justice dance performance that takes audience members on a bicycle tour to the important sites associated with the Fort Worth, TX lynching of Fred Rouse (d. December 11, 1921).

Select recent performances/international showcases:  Atlanta, GA (2017), Boise, ID (2014), Charleston, WV (2016), Cotonou, Benin (2019), Fort Worth, TX (2020-2018), Kraków, Poland (2017), Lewistown, MT (2017), Milwaukee, WI (2020), Saratoga Springs (2016), Santa Fe, NM (2016-2014), Sitka, AK (2019-2016)

HaMapah/The Map Dance-on-Film –


McKinney, A. W. Dancing Through A Door Of Return (2020). Duke University, Durham, NC.

McKinney, A. W. with Reed, A. Navigating White Space: Support for New Black Professors (2018). International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

McKinney, A. W. Dance as Metaphor: Healing from Racism (2017) Congress on Research in Dance/ Dance Studies Organization Conference, Columbus, OH and International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, Dallas, TX.

McKinney, A. W. Queer Dance: Falling with a Freak Technique (2018). American Dance Festival, Duke University, Durham, NC.

McKinney, A. W. Black Bodies, Baartman, and Bustles (2020). Texas Christian University Honors College, Fort Worth, TX.


Milwaukee Ballet II Choreographic Commission, Milwaukee, WI, 2020

Named Ballet Memphis Artistic Fellow, Memphis, TN, 2020

TCU Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Activism in Action Awardee, Fort Worth, TX, 2019

Mid-America Arts Alliance Interchange Grant Awardee for Fort Worth Lynching Tour, Kansas City, MO, 2019

U.S. Embassy in Cotonou Art Specialist, Cotonou, Benin, 2019

Asylum Arts Fellow, Detroit, MI, 2018

Balet Dworski Cracovia Danza Choreographic Commissions, Kraków, Poland, 2017

Atlanta Ballet II and Dance Canvas Choreographic Commission, Atlanta, GA, 2016

School of American Ballet National Visiting Teacher Fellow, New York, NY, 2016

Co-founder & Co-director, DNAWORKS –

President, Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice –

International Association of Blacks in Dance Member

Texas Center for Arts + Academics’ Advisory Council