Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow in 1979. She graduated from the Moscow Choreographic Academy (class of Marina Leonova) in 1997 and joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. In her first year at the Bolshoi, she danced the main role in the premiere performances of a new production of Giselle by Vladimir Vasiliev. In this, and all her subsequent roles, she was rehearsed by Ekaterina Maximova. In the 2003/04 season, she was absent on maternal leave. In October 2004, she returned to the stage and her first performance was again in the title role of Giselle. She was appointed principal in 2005.
title role in Giselle, title role in Aniuta, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Aspicia in La Fille du Pharaon, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake,
Esmeralda in Notre Dame de Paris, Phrigia in Spartacus, Zina in The Bright Stream.