In 2016, the readers of Pointe Magazine chose Renato Penteado as the Best Male Performance of the year, citing two Balanchine works–his forte–where his standard of performances reached their peak. La Source let him reprise a part he tackled a decade ago, his dancing equally lively but blessed with greater poise. His skills further earned him a crown in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where as Oberon he wove glittery steps with agility: the perfect fantasy ballet for a fantastic career.
This year, Renato retired as a principal dancer at Miami City Ballet, and we are honored to have him as a full-time faculty member here at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Get to know Renato in our interview below!
Hometown: São Paulo, Brasil
Years at CPYB: Not quite 1
How did you find dance, or how did it find you?
It found me when I saw a performance of my aunt’s friend when I was 5 years old, and I felt in love.
What’s so special about CPYB for you?
It is a magical and very special place created by Marcia that is like no other school. It feels like a very big family.
What is your favorite dance step?
What’s your favorite part of your day?
When I go to rest, usually at night.
What’s a must have item in your ballet bag?
My phone charger and my teaching shoes.
Who are your favorite choreographers?
Dogs — especially my golden retriever!
“It’s about the journey not the destiny.”
“Don’t let the unknown keep you from your destiny.”
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Favorite local restaurant?
The Barn Restaurant at Allenberry.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Wherever God wants me to be — hopefully still involved in ballet in any capacity and teaching.
Which fictional character would you be?
James Bond or Robin Hood.
Three words to describe you?
Blessed, caring, and always willing to help
Last show you binge watched?
If someone had to play you in a movie, who would you choose?
Who is your greatest role model?
Where is the coolest place you’ve ever visited?
Cape San Blas, Florida.
What is your biggest fear?
Not to be able to accomplish everything I need and leave a good legacy before I’m no longer in this world.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To be able to heal people.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always give your best in everything that you do and be yourself.
Describe your style.
Any hidden talents?
I love to cook and clean.
Have you ever cut your own hair?
I don’t really have hair, but whatever is left I do cut.
What did you have for breakfast?
Yogurt with blueberries, bananas and granola.
What’s your dream car?
Whatever drives me around, but I would love to have a vintage Beetle or vintage Mini Cooper.
Something you could never live without?