Galina Stepanenko was born in Moscow in 1966. She graduated from the Moscow Ballet School (class of Sofia Golovkina) and joined the Moscow Classical Ballet where she danced from 1984-1988. In 1988 she joined the Stanislavsky Ballet and two years later she was invited to become a member of the Bolshoi Ballet. At the Bolshoi she has studied for Marina Semyonova and is now coached by Raisa Struchkova.
Swan Lake (Odette-Odile), La Bayadere (Nikiya and Gamzatti), Don Quixote (Kitri), Le Corsaire (Medora), Spartacus (Aegina) and title roles in Giselle, Raymonda, La Sylphide and Anyuta.
The Leningrad Choreography Prize at the Competition of Russian Ballet Artists (1984).
Gold medal Moscow International Ballet Competition (1989).
The Benois de la Dance prize (1995).
The Danza-Danza Magazine prize (1995).
People's Artist of Russia.