Boston Ballet’s Kampa departing for Russian company

Boston Ballet dancer Keenan Kampa in 2010. (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)

Boston Ballet dancer Keenan Kampa, a rising star from Virginia, is moving on to the Mariinsky Ballet in Russia in June, according to her publicist. Kampa, 22, joined Boston Ballet’s corps de ballet in 2010 as a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia — the first American student to earn a Russian diploma at the school of the Mariisnky Ballet (also known as the Kirov). At the time, Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen called Kampa “a major talent.” Now she will be the first American to join the famed Russian troupe, according to the press release announcing her move.

Boston Ballet confirms that Kampa has told Nissinen she will be leaving the company after this season. It’ll be a loss for Boston, where Kampa has become a dancer to watch. (She was even featured in the Globe magazine’s ‘‘Best of the New’’ issue.)

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