Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher Valery Stepanovich Lagunov was born in Moscow on 2 June 1942. He studied with Aleksei Ermolaev at the Moscow State Choreographic Academy. Later he studied at the Russian University of Theatre Arts.
From 1996 he worked as a choreographer at the Bolshoi and also taught ballet.
Valery Lagunov died in Moscow on 18 December 2023, aged eighty-one.