The first great dancer formed by Agrippina Vaganova, she graduated from the Vaganova School in 1925, which "is registered in the annals of Soviet ballet as the year of the unprecedented triumph of Marina Semyonova".
What she demonstrated in her time was unusual, brand new, breathtaking. Now it is widely believed it has always been that way. He was purged in 1937.
Semyonova was guest with the Paris Opéra Ballet in 1935 where she danced Giselle with Serge Lifar.
When she steps onto the stage with her nature-given gait, which her training only polished, and suddenly soars up in a wild leap, the impression is that of a storm suddenly splitting the quiet of a humdrum existence. After that, she became one of the most important teachers and répétiteurs of the Bolshoi Theatre.
Natalia Bessmertnova, Marina Kondratieva, Nadezhda Pavlova, Nina Sorokina, Ludmila Semenyaka, Nina Timofeyeva and Nina Ananiashvili were among her adepts. Semyonova retired from her coaching duties at the age of 96.
She also has a daughter by elocutionist Vsevolod Aksyonov.
In 2008, the Bolshoi Theatre celebrated Semyonova"s centenary. Semyonova died on 9 June 2010 in her home in Moscow, three days before her 102nd birthday.