From 1970 to 1978, Rinat Gizatulin trained at the Moscow Choreographic Institute, the associate school of the Bolshoi Ballet, under the guidance of world-renowned ballet master Alexander Prokofiev. In 1979, he joined the Gorky Ballet as the youngest principal, where he danced in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Giselle. In 1981, he was invited to join the famous Moscow Classical Ballet (Ballet Star Factory) as a principal.
He started his ballet teacher training in 1986, studying theory and teaching methods with the world-renowned ballet master N. Azarin-Messerer, followed by two years at GITIS in Moscow. In 1991, he began his international career, joining the Dortmund Ballet as a soloist and ballet master.?