Alla Osipenko was born in Leningrad in 1932. She studied for Agrippina Vaganova in Leningrad. She graduated in 1950 and was immediately accepted at the Kirov Ballet as a soloist. She was Nureyev's partner, until he defected, and then also Barishnikov's. She began teaching at the Vaganova School in 1966.
Stone Flower, Coast of Love, Anthony and Cleopatra, Choreographic Miniatures.
The "Anna Pavlova, Academie de la Dance Prize" in Paris.
People's Artist of Russia in 1960.