Galina Stepanenko (Dancer)
Born in Moscow. She completed her studies with distinction at the Moscow
College of Choreography (today the Moscow State Academy of Choreography), where
she trained in Sophia Golovkina's graduates' class.
From 1984-88, she was
a soloist with the Moscow Classical Ballet Company (today the
State Academic Theatre of Classical Ballet led by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir
Vasiliyov) where she danced, among other parts, the title role in Nathalie,
ou La Laitiere Suisse, music by Adalbert Gyrowetz, in a production by Pierre
Lacotte after Filippo Taglioni, the part of She-devil in Andrei Petrov's The
Creation of the World produced by Natalya Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov.
She also danced in Theme and Variations to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky,
thus becoming one of the few ballerinas at that time to have danced in a George
Balanchine ballet whose works were then virtually not performed in Russia. She
created the lead role in Bachiana to music by Heitor Villa-Lobos,
produced for her and Vladimir Malakhov by Alberto Alonso.
she danced for the Moscow Academic Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko
Ballet Company where she performed the following, among other, roles:
Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Kupava in The Snow Maiden to music by
Pyotr Tchaikovsky (both works by Vladimir Bourmeister), Medora in Le
Corsaire in a production by Dmitri Bryantsev.
In 1990, she joined the
Bolshoi Ballet Company.
She rehearsed under the guidance of Marina
Semyonova, with whom she prepared the majority of the roles in her repertoire,
and also with Marina Kondrateva, Raisa Struchkova and Yekaterina
In 1992, she completed her studies at the Russian Academy of
Theatre Art (teacher Marina Semyonova), qualifying as
(Swan Lake, choreography Alexander Gorsky, Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov
in a version by Yuri Grigorovich)
Title role (Giselle; Yuri
Grigorovich production; later, she also danced this role in the Vladimir
Vasiliev version of the ballet)
Nikia (La Bayadere; Yuri
(Le Corsaire; choreography by Konstantin Sergeyeyev after Marius
Petipa, and later in a version by Yuri Grigorovich)
(Walpurgis Night divertissement in Charles Gounod's opera Faust,
choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)
Title role (Raymonda;
choreography by Marius Petipa in a version by Yuri Grigorovich)
Rita (Dmitri Shostakovich's The Golden
Age; choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)
Quixote; choreography by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky in a version by
Yuri Grigorovich) - creator of the role
Title role (La Sylphide by
Herman Løvenskjold, choreography by August Bournonville in a version by E. M.
Aegina (Spartacus; choreography by Yuri
Title role (Romeo and Juliet;
choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)
Princess-Swan (Swan Lake in a version by Vladimir
Title role (Anyuta to music by Vladimir Gavrilin,
choreography Vladimir Vasiliev)
Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty;
Yuri Grigorovich production)
Gamzatti (La Bayadere)
Soloist Part 4 (Symphony in
Seventh Waltz and Prelude (Chopiniana; choreography by
Priest's Wife (Balda to music by Dmitri
Shostakovich, choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev) - creator of the
Odette-Odile (Swan Lake
in Yuri Grigorovich's second version)
Tarantella (choreography by George
Ballerina (Dmitri Shostakovich's The Bright
Stream; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)
Title role (Carmen Suite; choreography
by Alberto Alonso)
Staging and new choreographic version by Yuri Burlaka)
In 1984, she won lst prize at the All-Union
Competition of Ballet Dancers and special prize of the Vaganova Academy of
In 1985, she won 2nd prize, and in 1989 - lst
prize at the Moscow International Ballet Dancers Competition.
In 1994, she
was awarded the title of Merited Artist of the Russian Federation.
1995, for her interpretation of Kitri she won the Benois de la danse
International Dance Association prize and the Italian journal
In 1996, she was awarded the title of People's
Artist of the Russian Federation.
In 2001, she was awarded the Order of
In 2004, she won the Russian Ballet journal Soul of Dance
prize (in the Queen of Dance nomination).