Olga Zabotkina was born 1936 in Leningrad. She studied at the Leningrad Choreographic School (class of N. A. Kamkova and V. K. Ivanova). She graduated and joined the Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky) in 1953 and danced with them until 1978. She was an extremely beautiful character dancer. She can be seen on video in the role of the Queen in the filmed Sleeping Beauty from 1964, in which Alla Sizova dances Aurora. Among her repertoire are Mercedes and Street Dancer in Don Quixote and character roles in Spartacus, Gayane, Legend of Love, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Stone Flower, Laurencia and Egyptian Nights.
Honoured Artist of the RSFSR in 1960