Ekaterina Petina was born in Sevastopol. Ten years old she started training at the Waganova Academy in St. Petersburg. In 2001 she assumed her first engagement at the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg where she among others danced solo parts in Balanchine's Rubies, Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Approximate Sonata, Steptext and several fairies in Sleeping Beauty. She also participated in various Mariinsky Theatre tours across Japan, England, China, Canada and Mexico.
In 2009/2010 she became a Soloist and since the beginning of the season 2011/12 she performs as First Soloist at the Bavarian State Ballet.
In 2009-2010 her repertoire included ballets by J. Neumeier, M. Fokine, M. Petipa, I. Liška, W. Forsythe, T. Kohler, J. Mannes, J. Cranko, R. Barra, A. Gorski.
During two last seasons she performed: Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko), Princess Natalia in Illusions — like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier), Louise in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier), Broken Fall (R. Maliphant), Pas de trois in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins), Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (Ray Barra/Lew Iwanow/Marius Petipa). And also Nikiya in La Bayadère (M. Petipa / P. Bart), Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins), The Woman in Song of the Earth (K. MacMillan).