Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow and trained at the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet. During her first year at the Bolshoi, at the age of 18, Ms. Lunkina danced the title role in Giselle, becoming the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi Theater. In 2005, Ms. Lunkina was promoted to Principal Dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet and in 2013, joined The National Ballet of Canada as a Principal Guest Artist.
Svetlana will be dancing the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake March 8, 13 and 16 with Principal Guest Artist Evan McKie as Siegfried.