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Keenan Kampa to join Mariinsky


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#16 Natalia

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:03 AM

Thanks for the clip. Kampa is fine but - wow! - I love Alisa Sodolyeva, with her lovelier port de bras, longer neck, glamorous 'eastern' face, floating quality. Sodolyeva danced Asaf Messere'r's Melody at the 2010 graduation. She is originally from Belarus (so, like Kampa, one of the 'foreign' interns at the school); taken into the company immediately after her graduation.

#17 Natalia

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:41 PM

Keenan Kampa was added to the Mariinsky roster this past Tuesday. She joins the Mariinsky corps de ballet - the first American woman to do so. (Rasta Thomas, the first American man, joined as 2nd Soloist in 2000 but left after one season.)

Keenan is among the corps ladies in the current US tour of Costa Mesa, CA, Berkeley, CA, and Washington, DC.

Congratulations!

(Yes, it took to MT website a few months to update their roster with all of the corps additions + promos.)

#18 Natalia

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 09:52 AM

While searching the current Mariinsky roster for Stepanova (who is gone), I noticed that Keenan Kampa is no longer with the troupe. If memory serves, she was inactive for most of the last Mariinsky season, 2013/14, due to injury but I was hoping to be seeing her back on the boards this year. Hopefully she is with another troupe in the US or Europe.



#19 Jayne

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 09:11 PM

I saw that she taught at Grand Rapids Ballet 2014 Summer program.  Perhaps she is taking this year to audition and will sign for the following season with a new company. 



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 02:03 AM

The last I knew was that she had been dealing with injuries and then was doing this:

http://www.pointemag...tar-high-strung



#21 Buddy

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 05:19 AM

I was very much looking forward to her return to the Mariinsky.

 

I hope that I'm allowed to say here that I met her once at a Mariinsky reception and found her to be one of the loveliest individuals that I've ever spoken to.

 

I wish her much success and happiness wherever she goes.



#22 volcanohunter

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 11:38 AM

Dance Magazine posted a brief interview with Kampa in which she touches on her departure from the Mariinsky. At present she seems undecided about her future in ballet in general.

 

http://www.dancemaga...h-keenan-kampa/



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Posted 12 May 2016 - 03:31 PM

This is somewhat-old news but nobody seems to have posted that Ms Kampa is now also an actress. Her first film, HIGH STRUNG, premiered a couple of months ago. Here's the trailer:

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=JctCSR1hSsw

It had a limited run in the DC area (in the Virginia 'burbs) but I caught it. Heavy emphasis on hip hop, so it wasn't my cup of tea, but it's always nice to see some ballet (any ballet) on film.

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 09:24 PM

Kudos to Ms. Kampa for moving on.

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 05:15 AM

I watched the movie! I thought she was natural and lovely. Her dancing was too. Hope she doesn't give that up!

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 01:29 PM

Finished watching her on Amazon movie rental about a half hour ago. I thought that she did just fine and wish her much success and happiness. Maybe she'll keep up the ballet too. She was a Mariinsky dancer -- not to be sneezed at.




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