Renato Penteado was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he began his dance training at the age of seven. In 1998, he competed in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, where he then was invited by Miami City Ballet Founder and former Artistic Director Edward Villella to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004. He retired from Miami City Ballet in April of 2019.
Throughout his career, Mr. Penteado has danced nationally and internationally in numerous classical, Neoclassical, contemporary and modern works by world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon, John Cranko, Justin Peck, Edward Villella, Liam Scarlett, Sir Frederick Ashton and many others.
Mr. Penteado also has danced in prestigious dance festivals, such as Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts; Fall for Dance at City Center in New York City; Spoleto Dance Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina; Les Etes de la Danse in Paris; and Dance United with Oregon Ballet Theater. He has appeared in leading roles in Miami City Ballet’s extensive performance engagements abroad in acclaimed venues, including Teatro Regio in Torino, Italy; Queen Elizabeth Theater and National Arts Center in Vancouver and Ottawa, Canada; Teatro
Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Venezuela; and David H. Koch Theater in New York City. He has been a guest artist with the Toledo Ballet Association since 2008. Mr. Penteado’s television appearances include performing The Golden Section by Twyla Tharp and the Third Movement of Western Symphony by George Balanchine with the Miami City Ballet for the PBS Great Performances series in 2010.
In 2016, Mr. Penteado was nominated and voted the winner of Dance Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards for Best Male Performance. In addition to his professional performing career, Mr. Penteado has taught extensively as a faculty member of Summer Dance Programs throughout the United States, including at Miami City Ballet School (2004-16), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (2017-present), Cecchetti Council of America (2017- present) and Toledo Ballet Association (2014-present).