Best of the New 2010: People & Ideas
Boston Ballet’s most promising new dancer this season is 21-year-old Keenan Kampa. A freckle-faced Virginia-bred blonde with an unassuming demeanor, she graduated last spring from the legendary Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, becoming the only American student ever to earn a Russian diploma at the Kirov Ballet’s prestigious school. That she survived the academy’s rigorous training is impressive enough, but she was one of its featured soloists, too. Kampa joined Boston Ballet at the entry corps level, but it’s very clear from both her physical talent and monster work ethic that she’s destined to rise.