I Didn’t Retire From Dancing

Interview with Rainer Krenstetter after his farewell with Miami City Ballet

Throughout his outstanding career, Rainer Krenstetter has danced principal and leading roles in most ballets in the classical and modern repertoire. Rainer published his memoirs entitled „ Not Without Tears – A life Lived Onstage“ this year. I was lucky to get a Zoom interview with Rainer in Miami when he was waiting for his flight to Europe.

Farewell performance with Miami City Ballet in April 2022 (filmed backstage)
Rainer Krenstetter with Katia Carranza

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Not Without Tears – A life Lived Onstage

Book Review: A Memoir by Rainer Krenstetter

Back in 2002, I was lucky to see Rainer on stage in Berlin, when Vladimir Malakhov became artistic director of Staatsballett Berlin. I will never forget watching him dance as Loge, the God of fire in RING UM DEN RING by Maurice Béjart, as Lenski in John Cranko’s ONEGIN, or as Tschaikovsky in Boris Eifman’s ballet. I’ve also been lucky enough to interview Rainer on his career as principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet. So I couldn’t wait for his memoir when it was released in the spring of 2022.

 Principal Conductor Gary Sheldon, Company Pianist Francisco Rennó, Rainer Krenstetter, Emily Bromberg, Tricia Albertson, and dancers of Miami City Ballet take a bow after performing Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2.  Photo © Jason Ashwood – London
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 2018
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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.

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No Stamina In Home Office

Interview with Rainer Krenstetter, principal dancer of the Miami City Ballet, since 2014

Rainer tells us about how to survive as a dancer in times of corona.

You are doing live stream dance classes on Instagram for intermediate and advanced dancers as well as private classes. How do you go about teaching online?

After everything was shut down due to corona, the Miami City Ballet started serving the community through educational and outreach programs throughout Miami, Florida and even worldwide. MBC offers online classes done by their highly ranked dancers. Our outreach program includes ballet basic classes, as well as stretching and strengthening classes for people more interested in Fitness, Yoga or Pilates. 

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My favorite Ballet Photos

which one do you like the most?

Prima Ballerina Iana Salenko

Photo by ballerinaproject in Royal Opera House London
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I feel naked on stage

Rainer Krenstetter, principal dancer of the Miami City Ballet talks about his experiences in the US

Back when Rainer Krenstetter was a member of the ballet company of Staatsballett Berlin, I often had the opportunity to watch him perform. I was completely fascinated by his brilliant technique and elegance, and I will never forget Béjart’s masterpiece “RING UM DEN RING”, where Rainer delivered an outstanding performance in the role of Loge.

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