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.
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).
Jakob has been seen in CATS on Broadway (Mistoffelees Understudy) & Cirque Du Soleil’s VOLTA. He was the Runner Up on So You Think You Can Dance Season 6. His credits also include The RADIO CITY New York Spectacular (Mia Michaels), Rock the Ballet, VIVA ELVIS by Cirque Du Soleil, Kiss Me Kate at Barrington Stage, The 82nd Annual Academy Awards, America’s Got Talent, GLEE, and Company XIV.