It’s rare that a dancer is able to achieve something so monumental that their accomplishment makes ballet history. However, for 22-year-old Keenan Kampa, this seemingly unattainable dream has become a reality. This summer Keenan became the very first American dancer ever to be invited to dance with the world famous Mariinsky Ballet in Russia. Her joining the company marks a moment in ballet history that many of us in the ballet world never even considered a possibility.
Aside from Ms. Kampa’s obvious talent (I saw her as Mercedes in Boston Ballet’s Don Quixote last spring- her technique is immaculate), she also happens to be gorgeous. I absolutely adore the above photo of her, taken by Gene Schiavone, and the way it subtly combines ballet and fashion (something I am clearly an advocate of). The photo has such a high fashion behind-the-scenes-of-an-editorial vibe to it, with the lights, ladder and paint cans, and I love all of the vibrant color-blocking belts wrapped around her extra long trunk.
What do you think of Keenan’s high fashion photo? Have you ever been lucky enough to see her perform?
I have never seen her perform, but I read an article about her invitation. She is very impressive, and the photo shoot brings a vibrant quality to her streamlined figure. The paint cans and ladder add just the right amount of diversity in the photo, while the belts ping a simple design element that contrasts perfectly with the intricate design in her costume.
I absolutely love this photo! Great combination!
Looking good in our Astro Belts!