Cameron McKinney, a New York City-based choreographer and educator, founded Kizuna Dance in 2014. He was recently awarded a 2019-20 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship to collaborate with Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki on the creation of a new 30-minute work to be showcased as part of the 2020/21 Tokyo Olympic Games events. He was a 2020 Choreography Fellow for The School at Jacob’s Pillow, a 2018 Asian Cultural Council Individual Fellow, and a 2017-18 Choreography Fellow for the Alvin Ailey Foundation’s New Directions Choreography Lab. His commissions for new works include Princeton University, CREATE:ART, The Dance Gallery Festival, twice by the Joffrey Ballet School, and twice by the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival (UK), among others. He has presented choreographic work, taught, and performed in fifteen states and four countries at prestigious institutions and festivals, such as the U.S Ambassador’s Residence in Japan (Tokyo), The Japan Society, Performatica (Mexico), Gibney Dance, Movement Research, and Middlebury Institute for International Studies, among many others. His teaching credits include Adjunct Lecturer in Dance positions at Princeton University and Queensborough Community College. He has taught on faculty at festivals nationally and internationally.
Nagare Technique: Contemporary Floorwork
This contemporary floorwork-based class will combine the grace of modern with the speed and fluidity and streetdance, capoeira, and house dance. The class activates oppositional forces and contrasting sensations to achieve fluid transitions in and out of the floor, focuses on how to move from smoothly high to low to high again, and on how to rediscover “the down” through the floorwork—oriented aspects of house dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance.