Ms. Willis is a Dallas native, and began her training with the Dallas Black Dance Academy and Özsoy’s School of Ballet. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington HSPVA, and in the midst of her time there she received the Texas Commission on the Arts Young Masters scholarship. In 2015 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance with a minor in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma. She made her debut with the Bruce Wood Dance Project in 2011 as an apprentice, and again as a performing member in 2015. McKinley joined Dallas Black Dance Theatre in 2015.
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