Embodying the Conversation on Arts and Social Justice


In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Adam McKinney, cofounder of DNAWORKS, an arts and service organization committed to dialogue and healing through the arts. He discusses how he became involved in race and trauma work; how dance can build community and address oppression; DNAWORKS’ programming exploring layers of identity; and the importance of keeping intersectionality in mind when teaching and leading.


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Adam McKinney is a classically trained dancer and former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. He holds an M.A. in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories. Adam served as the inaugural Chair of the Dance Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe for six years, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

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