Born in Moscow, Russia, Dana Genshaft trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Paris Opéra Ballet School. She joined San Francisco Ballet in 2000, and remained there as a soloist until 2015. While at San Francisco Ballet she danced principal and soloist roles in numerous works by Val Caniparoli, Mark Morris, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Edward Liang, Helgi Tomasson, Christopher Wheeldon, Ashley Page, William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Jorma Elo, Wayne Mcgregor, Yuri Possokhov, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Stanton Welch, and Alexi Ratmansky. Genshaft has performed as a guest artist at the Portland Ballet Gala and the Dance/USA Annual Conference and in Tiit Helimet’s Estonia Project.
Her choreography has been seen on American Ballet Theater's Studio company as well as in numerous selections for the SF Dance Film Festival, including the music videos for George Harrison's "What is Life" and the Generational's "Say When." Her 2016 work "Portrait" for SFDW's Inaugural Season was nominated for an Isadora Duncan award for Best Design, and is currently being adapted into a short film.