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.

Repertoire includes:
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.