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Daniil Simkin was born in 1987 in Novosibirsk, Russia, to ballet dancers Dmitrij Simkin and Olga Aleksandrova. Starting to perform at the age of six and often dancing alongside his father in Germany, Daniil gained early stage experience and began his professional training under the direction of his mother at the age of nine.
While training with his mother privately for 10 years, he competed in various international ballet competitions and performed in many galas around the world. His achievements include awards such as the Grand Prix in Helsinki IBC 2004 and Vienna 2004 and Gold medals in both Varna 2004 and in the senior category of the 2006 USA IBC, among others.
In 2006 he joined the ballet of the Vienna State Opera as a demi-soloist and performed various soloist and principal parts in the company repertoire. At the same time he performed guest roles with other companies such as Basilio in 'Don Quixote', Solor in 'La Bayadere', and the Rose in Fokine's 'La Spectre de la Rose'.
He joined American Ballet Theatre in New York City in 2008 as a soloist and since then has toured internationally and performed with the company at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center and at many other venues around the world. His vast repertoire of principal roles with the company include Basilio in 'Don Quixote', Franz in 'Coppelia', the son in Balanchine's 'The Prodigal Son', the Prince in Ratmansky's 'Nutcracker', the Boy with Matted Hair in Tudor's 'Shadowplay', the leads in Balanchine's 'Theme and Variations' and 'Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux', the Ballet Dancer in Ratmasky's 'The Bright Stream' and many others.
He organized his first gala project, 'INTENSIO', with his father in Greece in 2009 and continues to be one of the most in-demand guest artists around the world.