About Keenan Kampa
A native of Washington DC, Keenan began her early dance training under the direction of Julia Cziller Redick, at the Reston Conservatory Ballet. In 2006 Keenan was awarded a gold medal in the USA National Youth Ballet competition, and won the Russian Pointe Model Search award. Keenan was a semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne International ballet competition in Switzerland in 2007. Spotted by Ballet Master Gennady Selutsky from the Mariinsky Theater (formerly known as The Kirov) at the Kennedy Center’s Master Class Series, Keenan was invited to study at the world famous Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Under the artistic direction of Altynai Asylmuratova, she studied in the class of professor Tatiana A. Udalenkova from 2007 until graduation in 2010. Keenan traveled with the Vaganova Academy to Italy to perform the lead role of Masha in the Nutcracker, and again in Russia at the Mariinsky Theatre as the first foreigner to dance this role. She was awarded the unprecedented honor of a full Russian diploma as well as the title “Miss Vaganova.” She accepted a contract with the Boston Ballet dancing with the company for two years. Keenan was invited by Yuri Fateyev, the Artistic Director of Mariinsky Theatre, to be the first American in history to join the Mariinsky Theatre. After two seasons with the Mariinsky, she returned to the states and starred in the film High Strung.
Photography by Gene Schiavone