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.
As we all know a lot of rehearsals are needed before the ballet dancers are ready to perform on stage. Usually it takes weeks before the opening night.
Applying corrections and giving feedback is the task of the ballet master. He is a guide for the dancers to develop technically and artistically. Some critiques can be fixed immediately, but most take time, concentration, and hard work to improve and achieve perfection.
What is Ballet like? When Ballet Lovers think of Ballet, they envision a beautiful ballerina with a white tutu dancing effortlessly in her pointe shoes. BUT this is only a small part of a ballerina’s life. The work they do behind the scenes to perform so effortlessly on stage is tremendous.
So how does a typical day play out?
Most dancers arrive at the dance studio at 9.30am to start a full day of dance and movement. Great performance demands stamina, strength, flexibility and coordination – and that only comes with incredibly long hours in the studio – day in day out.