Mauricio Wainrot studied at the Teatro Colón High School of Arts in Buenos Aires and danced as principal guest dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Teatro Municipal Ballet of Rio de Janeiro, the Ballet de Cámara of Caracas, the Ballet Contemporáneo of Buenos Aires and the Grupo de Danza Contemporánea of Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires.
Mauricio Wainrot is currently Artistic Director of Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martin of Buenos Aires and Permanent Guest Choreographer of The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Belgium. Since 1992 he has created 10 successful ballets for the Royal Ballet of Flanders: Carmina Burana, Le Sacre du Printemps, Messiah, Firebird, Looking through Glass, Beyond Memory, Wayfarer Songs, Tango Plus, The 8 Seasons, Distant Light and Journey.
Wainrot is a former Artistic Director of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal in Canada and Grupo de Danza Contemporánea of Teatro San Martín of Buenos Aires, Argentia.
Wainrot left Argentina in 1986 when invited by Ulf Gaad, Artistic Director of the Goteborg Opera of Sweden, to stage Anne Frank, Symphony of Psalms and Three Argentine Dances. As a result of the success of this program, he was invited to set his works and to create new ones for companies in Europe and in America.
More than thirty-five companies have premiered Wainrot's works in the last 14 years, among them are: English National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Royal de Wallonie, Staatstheater Hannover (Opera), Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Opera) both in Germany, Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentino, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Florida, North Carolina Dance Theater, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Bat Dor Dance Company of Israel, Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal, National Ballet of Mexico, Ballet Nacional Chileno, Ballet de Santiago and Ballet of Teatro Colon.
Wainrot received numerous awards and prizes. He was awarded the 1993 and 1998 Choo-San Go Choreographic Award for Perpetual Motion which he created for the Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago, and for Now and Then created for Richmond Ballet. In 1991, 1994, 1998 and 1999 the Chilean Critics Association awarded him the APES Prize for Best Production of the Year for Anne Frank, 4 Janis For Joplin, Libertango and Messiah respectively. In 1999 he won the Konex Platinium Prize in Argentina as Best Choreographer of the Decade as well as Argentina Premio Teatros del Mundo for Messiah. In 2000 his work, A Streetcar Named Desire, was awarded the Trinidad Guevara Prize and Ace Prize, Argentinean Critics Association, as Best Dance Production of the Year 2000. In 2001 he received the Award Teatro XXI for Now and Then.
Mauricio Wainrot was a jury member of the Concurso Coreográfico de la Villa de Madrid in 1992 and in the Dance World Montecarlo Competition in the year 2000. From 1987 to 1990, he was the resident choreographer of Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal and from 1989 to 1991 he was the permanent guest choreographer for the Hildesheim Stadttheater in Germany. Wainrot has been a guest teacher at MUDRA International (Bejart's Company School) in Brussels, at the Hochschule fur Müsik und Darstellende Kunste Frankfurt and in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colón High School of Arts and the Taller de Danza of Teatro San Martín.