from Brazil to the world
Charles Renato was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. He began tap-dancing at the age of 6 mentored by his teacher Adriana Brunato.
Charles has won several renowned awards throughout his career including Best Dancer of the Festidança, Joinville Dance Festival and also the winner of the "Tap in Rio Challenge” in 2007. On TV, he won the network TV Globo Challenge Show in 2009 and 2010.
Renato was a member of the "KS Tap Company," directed by Kika Sampaio, which is responsible for bringing together the most sought after teachers of the nation. In 2010 he launched his international career joining the cast of the musical “Sinatra – Blue Eyes.” in Lisbon, Portugal. After that Mr. Renato was invited to represent Brazil at the Rhythm World in Chicago. Ever since, Renato has been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over many cities in the United States.
In 2018 Mr. Renato is going to tour in Europe passing by Croatia, Ukraine, Italy, Ireland and United Kingdom.
Creativity is intelligence having fun
Renato has choreographed for the famous samba school Águia de Ouro Samba school, where he was responsible for the carnival float titled “The Biggest Festivals,” which hosted some of the most distinguished performers in Brazilian music such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Rita Lee, Cauby Peixoto, and Angela Maria. In 2013, he was also invited to choreograph the hit TV show Chiquititas.
In 2013 he was was asked to choreograph a piece for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project Festival featuring students from all over the world. He directed the video "I'm not afraid" for Chloe Arnold's Apartment 33 which lead him to work with video production and editing.
This season Charles was invited to be Artist Residence at American Tap Dance Foundation directed by Tony Waag. He is also launching in 2018 the CHR Project , a collaboration with young NYC tap talents which will be premiered at Rhythm in Motion in July/2018.
Sharing a world of unlimited possibilities
Charles started teaching when he was 14 years old and has since traveled throughout the world performing countless workshops and classes. Renato has taught in over 40 cities in Brazil and US including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Charles’ ever-ascending career has also led him to teach at the most tap festivals in America such as DC Tap Fest, NY Tap City, LA Tap Festival, RIFF, North Carolina Tap Festival, Portland Tap Alliance and many others.
Since he moved to New York he has directing the Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble (MYTE), teaching at Steps On Broadway and he is on faculty at renowned dance studio Broadway Dance Center.