Catherine Pawlick wrote:
Last night, five debuts in "Giselle":
....Kampa, the first American to join the troupe, (she has only been here since June 7th!) debuted in Act Two .....
Thanks, Catherine. Rasta Thomas joined the Mariinsky in 2000/01 season as a regular member of the troupe (2nd Soloist, I believe)...so he was actually the first U.S. Citizen on the roster. Among his roles was Jeune Homme et la Morte
, opposite Lopatkina. Then-AD of the Mariinsky Ballet, Makhar Vasiyev, asked Rasta to join the troupe after Rasta's guest performance in the Final Gala of the First Mariinsky Ballet Festival in winter 2000.