We will be dancing THE NUTCRACKER outside in a park


I’m creating a small series for my blog to give my favourite dancers the opportunity to talk about their experiences, motivation and daily routines nowadays. As you all know, it must be so tough for dancers to train hard every single day in isolation and stay in top shape, not knowing when the next performance is going to be.

Rainer Krenstetter, principal with the Miami City Ballet since 2014

I will never forget Rainer’s character in THE RING in 2007, where he interpreted uniquely and impressingly the LOGE, the storyteller in Maurice Béjart’s outstanding choreography. And there are so many gorgeous performances I’ve seen from Rainer that still stick with me today.

Rainer after last year’s performance of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, with Emily Bromberg as the sugar plum fairy 


„After being home in Europe (visiting family and friends), where I taught a lot of workshops in Germany/ Austria/ France, I m back in Miami with MCB preparing Balanchine’s The Nutcracker…. it will be an adapted version due to COVID-19… we will be dancing in a park, outside, the audience watching system will be in pods and we will be tested every day during performance season. We are lucky being in Florida as it’s summer temperature here and therefore performing outside is a possibility. Beside that I m teaching online with Japan a lot, as I’m the artistic director for a company in Tokyo, preparing future projects, spending time with my husband and our dog and of course our horses …“

Visiting family in France- Marseille 

Rainer’s Online Teaching

Rainer is doing live stream dance classes on Instagram for intermediate and advanced dancers as well as private classes.


If you want Rainer to be your teacher during this challenging times, just reach out to him on his private Instagram for more information.

Teaching online for Japan


No Stamina in Home Office

I Feel Naked on Stage



Hometown:  Vienna, Austria

© Jason Ashwood

Rainer Krenstetter was born into a dance family in Vienna where he began his ballet training at the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera. In 1999, he was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London and continued his training there until 2000 when he became a corps de ballet member with the Vienna State Opera Ballet. In 2002, he joined the Staatsballett Berlin under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov and went through the ranks up to Principal dancer in 2013. He joined Miami City Ballet as a Principal dancer in November 2014.

Throughout his training, Krenstetter participated and won medals in various international ballet competitions including in Vienna, Brasilia and Luxembourg, culminating in his first place win at the Prix de Lausanne in 1999.

Throughout his prolific career, Krenstetter has danced principal and leading roles in most ballets in the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Onegin, Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Cinderella and La Bayadere. Additionally, he has danced in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Vladimir Malakhov, Kenneth MacMillan, Auguste Bournonville, Michel Fokine, Alexei Ratmansky, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, Hans van Manen, Uwe Scholz, Clarke Tippet, Jirí Kylián and William Forsythe among others.

Krenstetter has also performed as a guest artist in various companies and galas internationally in Europe, Australia, South America and Asia; been a member of the jury at the International Ballet Competition in Rome and Riga; and guest taught at several dance workshops in many countries.

Rainer received the 2016 Miami Life Award for “Best Classical Dancer.”

Roles since joining MCB

George Balanchine
Allegro Brillante
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement Pas de Deux)
Bourrée Fantasque (Second Movement)
Divertimento No. 15
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (Cavalier, Dr. Stahlbaum)
Jewels (Emeralds)
La Valse
Serenade (Waltz Man)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Morrosine)
Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
The Four Temperaments (Phlegmatic)
Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux

Peter Martins
Barber Violin Concerto (Classical Man)

Jerome Robbins
Circus Polka (Ringmaster)
Dances at a Gathering (Green Man)
Fancy Free (Second Sailor)
Glass Pieces (Second Movement)
I’m Old Fashioned
In the Night (Second Pas de Deux)
The Concert (The Husband)

Alexei Ratmansky
Concerto DSCH (Pas de Deux Man)
The Fairy’s Kiss

August Bournonville
The Flower Festival in Genzano Pas de Deux

Classical Repertoire
Giselle, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (Prince Albrecht)

Christopher Wheeldon
This Bitter Earth

Twyla Tharp
Nine Sinatra Songs

Autor: ballettlovers

I danced ballet as child, albeit with little success. Despite this, my passion for ballet and dance has carried into adulthood. I still love to watch ballet performances and would love to share my passion with you.

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