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
Men's Ballet Technique
Men's Variations
Modern I
Career Preparation I
Choreography IV

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 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 (, 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.

Selected recent performances/international showcases: Atlanta, GA (2017), Boise, ID (2014), Charleston, WV (2016), Kraków, Poland (2017), Lewistown, MT (2017), Saratoga Springs (2016), Santa Fe, NM (200-16), Sitka, AK (2015-17)

McKinney, Adam. “Dance as Metaphor: Healing from Racism.” International Association of Blacks in Dance annual conference, Dallas, TX. January 2017.

Adjudicator: American College Dance Festival Mid-Atlantic Region (2017)

Artist-In-Residence – Balet Dworski Cracovia Danza (Kraków, Poland [2017]), Lewiston Art Center (Lewistown, MT [2017])

Research and Creative Fund Grant for At Sunset, Dance Canvas, Atlanta, GA (2016)

School for American Ballet National Visiting Teacher Fellow (2016)

TCU College of Fine Arts Microgrant for New Technologies (2016)

National Artist Teacher Fellow, Surdna Foundation (2015)

Co-Director, DNAWORKS –