Born on October 19th in Orenburg, Russia, Yulia Stepanova discovered her passion for dance
when she turned 6 years old and her mother took her first time to the ballet performance. It
was Giselle. That day the dream was born – the dream of stage and dance that has come true
and has turned into a fascinating course of life and a beautiful story of success. Yulia began her
ballet studies at the hometown choreographic studios. At the age of 11, by the teachers’
recommendations, Yulia’s mother took her daughter to audition in St. Petersburg, where a
talented girl was noticed immediately. Soon the whole family moved to Northern Capital of
Russia. In 2009 Yulia graduated with honours from Vaganova Ballet Academy, her final teacher
was Lyudmila Sofronova, who was a former student of Agrippina Vaganova. Lyudmila
Nikolaevna succeeded in transferring to her pupil the Russian classical ballet school legacy that
has been joined to the ballerina’s natural grace, beauty and emotional deepness. While
studying at the Academy Yulia Stepanova became a diploma recipient of Vaganova-Prix
competition in 2006. In 2007-2008 she was granted by St. Petersburg Government for high
achievements in study.
From 2009 to 2017 – a dancer with the Mariinsky ballet, where she was quickly promoted to
the coryphee position and performed numerous leading roles. During her first year with the
company Yulia appeared as Aegina in Spartacus. The following parts were Ghirei’s Second Wife
(The Fountain of Bakhchisarai), Myrtha (Giselle), Gamzatti (La Bayadere), Lilac Fairy (The
Sleeping Beauty), Street Dancer, The Queen of Dryads (Don Quixote), the title part (Sylvia,
choreography by Frederick Ashton), Fate (Carmen Suite, choreography by Alberto Alonso) and
many others. Moreover, Yulia succeeded in dancing ballets by William Forsythe, Wayne
McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky. One of the main achievements of Mariinsky period for Yulia
Stepanova was a role of Odette/Odile, prepared in a very short time-period.
In 2014 Yulia received Taglioni Prize in the category “Best Young Ballerina” (the Prize founded
by Vladimir Malakhov). The same year the ballerina moved to Moscow to join The Moscow
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre as a soloist dancer, where she was
performing Myrtha in Giselle and Gamzatti in La Bayadere (version of Natalia Makarova).
In 2015 Yulia joined the troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre, where a new curve of her biography has
begun. Both the artistic management and the audience were captured by bright talent,
incredible magnetism and huge potential of the young ballerina. After less than one year with
the company Yulia has been promoted to a Principal dancer. At the beginning her coach was
Lyudmila Semenyaka, who helped Yulia to prepare Odette/Odile in the version of Yuri
Grigorovich. With this very role Yulia Stepanova conquered hearts of the London audience
during the Bolshoi Ballet tour in London in 2016.
While being a dancer with the Bolshoi Theatre Yulia Stepanova performed many leading parts,
among others are Myrtha (Giselle), Nikia (La Bayadere), The Leading Couple
in Diamonds (choreography by George Balanchine), Medora (Le Corsaire ), The title
part (Raymonda), Mekhmene Banu (A Legend of Love), Carmen (Carmen Suite, choreography
by Alberto Alonso), Aspicia (La Fille du Pharaon) etc. At present time Yulia rehearses under the
guidance of Marina Kondratieva.
Owing to natural plasticity, flexibility and body feeling Yulia Stepanova successfully performs
the modern choreography. Her repertoire in the Bolshoi Theatre includes the productions by
Hans van Manen, Jiri Kylian, Yuri Possokhov.