We always knew Keenan Kampa was going places—literally and figuratively. The gorgeous ballet dancer, who graced our March 2012 cover, is one of the few American alums of St. Petersburg's prestigious Vaganova Academy, the feeder school for the world-famous Maryinsky Ballet. After wowing Beantown audiences during a stint at Boston Ballet, Keenan joined the Maryinsky last year, and she's already one of the company's rising stars. Talk about a ballet jet-setter!
And Keenan's getting the opportunity of a lifetime tomorrow night, when she'll dance her first Kitri in the Maryinsky's Don Quixote. (Her big break is an even bigger deal at the super-hierarchical Maryinsky, where corps members like Keenan rarely get shots at leading roles.)
Congratulations, Keenan—and merde for tomorrow!
I'm a little behind the times, but our March cover girl, the lovely Keenan Kampa, recently appeared on a local Fox television station to discuss her history-making new position with the Maryinsky Ballet. Keenan gives a gracious, poised interview, and it's spliced with clips of her dancing the Sugar Plum Fairy pas de deux. Worth a watch!
Just feast your eyes on this photo for a minute:
Duh-rool. This is an embarrassment of ballet boy riches. And they are all (save one) performing in Kings of the Dance: Opus 3 at New York City Center next week. So, um, get your tickets now.
[Left to right: Mikhailovsky Ballet's Leonid Sarafanov (not performing in NYC, sadly), American Ballet Theatre's Marcelo Gomes and David Hallberg, National Ballet of Canada's Guillaume Côté, Mikhailovsky Ballet's Ivan Vasiliev, Maryinsky Ballet's Denis Matvienko]