Victor Smirnov-Golovanov was born in 1934 in Moscow. He is a graduate of the famous Moscow School of choreography and he counts amongst his teachers such great names as Lavrovsky and Goleizovsky. He later became a soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, where he appeared for more than 20 years. Between 1970 and 1989 he was Chief Ballet-Master with the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre.
In 1989 Victor formed Moscow City Ballet with the aim to promote the original ideas of the great 19th century choreographers.
Victor Smirnov-Golovanov passed away on 22 April 2013 after a long struggle with cancer.