Jane-Alison McKinney is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and producer, and a graduate of the Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has also studied in intensives with Arsenale della Danza (Venice), Gaga Dancers (Barcelona), ImpulsTanz (Vienna), and Movement Research (New York City). She has performed the works of a variety of contemporary dance artists in Canada and internationally. In 2016, she was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Internship Grant in Artistic Direction with adelheid under Heidi Strauss, whose close mentorship has had a profound impact on McKinney’s artistic development. She has also worked with adelheid as a dancer, emerging choreographer, and producer.
McKinney’s choreography has been presented nationally at platforms such as the Chinook Series, Citadel + Compagnie, the Guelph Dance Festival, The Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival, and Summerworks Performance Festival. An excerpt of McKinney’s solo work, There she was, was showcased at Fall for Dance North’s International Presenters Program, curated by Dancemakers, and will be presented in Montreal at Tangente in March, 2020. She is currently working on a collaborative group piece called Switch, as well as a co-creation with Emma Kerson entitled hard wire, developing at Shawbrook Residency in Ireland in June, 2019.
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, and Quinte Ballet School. She is a proud faculty member of the Young Dancers’ Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. wildrabbitdance.com