Born in Moscow, Russia, Dana Genshaft trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Paris Opéra Ballet School. She was named apprentice at San Francisco Ballet in 2000, joined the corps de ballet in 2001, and was promoted to soloist in 2008.
Genshaft has created roles in Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Morris’ Joyride and has danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Coppélia, Divertimento No. 15, and Symphony in Three Movements; Cranko’s Onegin (Olga); Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy) and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Cinderella (Stepsister Edwina), Ghosts, and Within the Golden Hour. Her soloist and demi-soloist roles include Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Theme and Variations; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; and Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
She has figured in numerous roles in San Francisco and abroad and performed as a guest artist at Portland Ballet Gala and the Dance/USA Annual Conference, as well as in Tiit Helimet's Estonia Project. She choreographed the 2013 music video Say When.