Raul Peinado was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. There he began his dance training on full scholarship with ballet master Victor Ullate of the Victor Ullate Ballet School and Cristina Alvarez of Catedra Alicia Alonso. While in Spain, Raul danced as a soloist with Ballet Clasico de Madrid for 3 years where he performed classical ballet repertoire. He also performed as a guest dancer in Don Quixote and Swan Lake with the National Ballet of Cuba.
In 2000, Raul came to the United States and was offered a full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. He then joined the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble, where he danced for 5 years. While in New York, he was a company member of the following dance companies: Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Dances Patrelle, Peridance Ensemble, Configuration Dance and Faune Dance Troupe. In 2006 he joined the Connecticut Ballet and performed as a principal dancer there for 3 seasons. Raul participated in the 2008 Buffalo Dance Festival with partner, and renowned ballerina, Misty Copeland, in a duet choreographed by American Ballet Theatre’s Susan Jaffe.
Mr. Peinado participated as a guest dancer for two years at the Fukuoka International Dance Festival in Fukuoka, Japan. He was awarded the City Honors Award for Outstanding Performance by the city mayor.Raul has performed as a guest artist for many regional ballet companies in the United States, including Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre (formerly Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre), Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Alabama Dance Theatre, North Atlanta Dance Theatre, Atlanta Dance Theatre, Andalusia Ballet, SouthWest Virginia Ballet and Eglevsky Ballet. Mr. Peinado also danced for 3 seasons with the Georgia Ballet, where he was selected to perform leading roles in George Balanchine’s Dance Fantasy, Apollo, and Serenade.