Jane Alison McKinney is an independent dance artist, a four-time recipient of the artsnb Scholarship, and a graduate of the Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has also studied in intensives with Movement Research (New York City), Gaga Dancers (Barcelona), Arsenale della Danza (Venice), and ImpulsTanz (Vienna). In 2012 she performed in work by Ismael Ivo, touring to Brazil and Italy, including the Venice Biennale. Independently she has also worked with Blue Ceiling, Common People, Sharon Moore, Rondos Dance Theatre, and Stand Up Dance. In 2016 she was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Internship in Artistic Direction with adelheid, under the mentorship of Heidi Strauss.

McKinney’s choreography has been presented in festivals such as the Chinook Series (Edmonton), Dance Matters (Toronto), Nextfest Arts Company (Edmonton), The Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival (Saint John), and SummerWorks Performance Festival (Toronto). Her work has been developed in residencies with Artscape Sandbox, the Perspective Series, Series 8:08, and Toronto Dance Theatre. Upcoming is her solo work There she was, as part of a double-bill with Naishi Wang in the Bright Nights Series, presented by Citadel + Compagnie in April 2018.

McKinney has a passion for teaching children, adults, and professionals alike, and has taught for BarreWorks, Durham School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Good Women Dance Collective, Port City Dance Academy, and The Studio Dance School. She is a proud faculty member of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Young Dancers’ Program.