Polina Semionova was born in Moscow in 1984. She studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. She graduated in 2002 and joined the Berlin Staatsoper Ballet as a principal when she was only 18 years old. She showed her outstanding talent by winning several international ballet competition awards. She has toured in Japan partnering Vladimir Malakhov. In Germany she is also known as the ballerina dancing in Herbert Grönemeyer's music video "Demo (Letzter Tag)".
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (with ENB), Nikiya in La Bayadere, Marie in Nutcracker, Swan Lake Pas de trois, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, title role in Malakhov's Cinderella, solo role in Balanchine's Ballet Imperial, and roles in modern works by Uwe Scholz and Christian Spuck.
Gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition 2001.
First Prize at the Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition in St Petersburg 2002.
Junior Prize at the Nagoya (Japan) International Ballet Competition 2002.