Becoming the first American to land a contract with Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the Kirov Ballet) was quite a career leap for Keenan Kampa.
A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Kampa began her early dance training at the Reston Conservatory Ballet. At age 14, she was offered full-time study at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and Boston Ballet. In 2006, Kampa was awarded a gold medal in the USA National Youth Ballet competition, won the Russian Pointe Model Search award, and was a semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne International ballet competition in Switzerland. At 17, Kampa was invited to study at the world famous Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Upon graduation, she received the unprecedented honor of a foreigner being awarded a full Russian Diploma. After fulfilling a contract with Boston Ballet, Keenan was asked to be the first American to join the Mariinsky Theatre, where she danced principal roles including Kitri in Don Quixote and Myrtha in Giselle, among others. Due to a hip injury, Kampa returned to the United Sates for surgery. It was during her recovery that she was offered the lead role of Ruby in HIGH STRUNG, marking her acting debut.
Modeling work for Kampa has included the face of the 2013 International Campaign for G Star Raw, AG Jeans, The Ballerina Project, Ballet Zaida. She has been on multiple covers of Dance Spirit and has been featured in Hunger, Nylon, Pointe, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Glamour Spain, Seventeen, NBC Sochi-Winter Olympics, Russia Today, New York Times, Boston Globe, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and more.
Kampa also serves as a spokesperson and ambassador for children with special needs through the Lejeune Foundation in Paris. Always creative and artistic, Kampa has recently begun collaboration with an art collective.