Natalia Makarova was born in Leningrad in 1940. She studied at the Kirov Ballet School and joined the Kirov Ballet in 1959. Defected to the West in 1970 and joined the American Ballet Theatre. Guest ballerina throughout the world.

Repertoire includes:
Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Hamlet, Apollo, Jardin aux Lilas, Dark Elegies, Pillar of Fire, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere, Manon, Checkmate, Les Biches.