May 18, 2022

Lewis Center Names Two Choreographers-in-Residence

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University has announced two artists as Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence for the 2021-2022 academic year: Dianne McIntyre and Cameron McKinney.

McIntyre and McKinney have spent time this past semester at the Lewis Center engaging with the larger Princeton community and working directly with students while also developing new work with access to the Center’s studios and other resources. They joined earlier named 2021-22 Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence Kyle Marshall and Larissa Velez-Jackson.

Launched in 2017, the Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence Program fosters the Program in Dance’s connections with the dance field. It provides selected professional choreographers with resources and a rich environment to develop their work and offers opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage with diverse creative practices. The artists share their work and processes with the Princeton community through workshops, conversations, residencies, open rehearsals, and performances.

Dianne McIntyre
(Photo by Larry Coleman)

McIntyre is regarded as an artistic pioneer with an impressive choreographic career spanning five decades in dance, theater, television and film. The recipient of a 2020 Doris Duke United States Artists Fellowship, the 2019 Dance/U.S.A. Honor, a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award, as well as a 2007 John S. Guggenheim Fellowship, McIntyre’s individualistic movement style reflects her affinity for cultural histories, personal narratives and the boldness, nuances, discipline and freedom in music and poetic text.

Since 1972, McIntyre has choreographed across genres and disciplines, including for scores of concert dances; four Broadway shows, regional theater productions; films, and more. She has been commissioned by Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, GroundWorks Dance Theater, Dancing Wheels, as well as more than 40 university ensembles and major dance festivals.

Cameron McKinney
(Alice Chacon Photography)

McKinney, the artistic director of Kizuna Dance, is a New York City-based choreographer and educator. With over 16 years of Japanese language study, he created Kizuna Dance with the mission of using contemporary floorwork to create works that celebrate Japanese culture. He has received fellowships from the United States-Japan Friendship Commission, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, the Alvin Ailey Foundation, and the Asian Cultural Council.

Through Kizuna Dance, McKinney has presented work and taught in 18 states, as well as in Mexico, France, the United Kingdom, and Japan at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence. He has choreographed for The Ailey School, Princeton University, Joffrey Ballet School, Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival (U.K.), Slippery Rock
University, The Dance Gallery Festival, Old Dominion University, and Bates College, among others.

For more information on the Program in Dance, future events related to the choreographers-in-residence program, and the more than 100 other performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings, concerts and lectures offered each year by the Lewis Center for the Arts, most of them free, visit