Bershadsky attended ballet school at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and Russian Academy of Arts during the 1930s.
Bershadsky worked as a ballerina and teacher. Just after World War II, in 1946, she was arrested and sent to the Gulag in Siberia, not being released from imprisonment until 1956. In 1973 she emigrated to the United States, settling in Lakewood, New Jersey, and became a naturalized citizen.
Her only book, I Know His Touch (1984), which was written with Ada Millington, related the touching and colorful story of her life in Russia, and told how her religious faith sustained her during her long years in prison. “My biggest reward,” she said, “will be if my readers see in my book God’s power and love.”