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Photo: Before the ‘tech’...

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by Daniil No Comments


Before the 'tech' rehearsal of Merce Cunningham's "Duets" here at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, OC #rehearsal #abt #onstage #behind_the_curtain #a_dancers_life #costume

On March 29, 2012 at 09:17PM via Instagram


Photo: Natalia Osipova & @davi...

Posted on: March 28th, 2012 by Daniil No Comments


Natalia Osipova & @davidhallberg getting into character for Alexei Ratmansky's new version of FIREBIRD #abt #in_the_wings #behind_the_curtain #a_dancers_life #costume

On March 28, 2012 at 10:45PM via Instagram


Essay: An Ode to the Art of Tweetin...

Posted on: March 24th, 2012 by Daniil 4 Comments


      Some people think Twitter is silly. I am here to sing the praises of tweeting.

      Tweeting, which means authoring a short message with less than 140 characters on the Internet service twitter.com, is liberating, addicting and, as some would claim, vain. Nevertheless, I would like to explain in this opinion-editorial why I think this service is important nowadays, especially for both art professionals and art organizations. Though my mother advised me, as a general rule of politeness, never to speak of myself in public, I feel the urge to explain where I am coming from by casting light on my past as a dancer with a special relationship to social media.

      I grew up parallel to the emergence of the Internet and spent many hours behind the screen of my father’s Macintosh computer, most of the time occupying his little office corner more often than he. Gadgets and screens attracted me greatly in my childhood, and it came naturally to me that I would present to the world my other passion, dancing, by means of the Internet. I was intrigued by the subconscious mechanisms of creating a brand and identity and was fascinated by how little changes resulted in great differences regarding how people perceived you over the Internet and as a personality. Having won several international ballet competitions, I built a website and posted the videos of my dancing, first on my website and then on YouTube. Through YouTube, my success as a ballet dancer went ‘viral’. Diane Solway wrote in her article in W Magazine: “Few dancers can boast of a bigger following online than in the theater, but Daniil Simkin can.” I got widely known through YouTube and received invitations to perform in many places, through which I ended up at American Ballet Theatre. I would not live the privileged life I have, performing all around the world and living in New York, if it would not be for YouTube and, in general, social media.

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Photo: Hee Seo @heeseoabt rehearsin...

Posted on: March 24th, 2012 by Daniil No Comments


Hee Seo @heeseoabt rehearsing onstage in Chicago...#abt #a_dancers_life #rehearsal #behind_the_curtain #in_the_wings #onstage

On March 24, 2012 at 03:10PM via Instagram


Photo: Lisbeth Sal… errr̷...

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by Daniil No Comments


Lisbeth Sal... errr... Natalia Osipova rehearsing Firebird with Alexei Ratmanky in Chicago... #rehearsal #abt #a_dancers_life #studio

On March 23, 2012 at 01:47PM via Instagram


Photo: Julie Kent in PT… #abt...

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012 by Daniil No Comments


Julie Kent in PT... #abt #a_dancers_life #rehearsal #newyork #studio_style

On March 22, 2012 at 06:10PM via Instagram


Photo: Firebird sneak peak… #...

Posted on: March 21st, 2012 by Daniil No Comments


Firebird sneak peak... #studio #rehearsal #abt #a_dancers_life #newyork

On March 21, 2012 at 10:42AM via Instagram


Photo: Giselle sneak peek… #a...

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by Daniil 1 Comment


Giselle sneak peek... #abt #a_dancers_life #rehearsal #studio

On March 19, 2012 at 01:21PM via Instagram


Photo: Kurzweil’s technologic...

Posted on: March 18th, 2012 by Daniil 1 Comment


Kurzweil's technological 'singularity' arrived! At least when it comes to trees and lamp posts... #street #geek #nature #newyork

On March 18, 2012 at 01:01PM via Instagram


Photo: Union Square on a rainy nigh...

Posted on: March 17th, 2012 by Daniil No Comments


Union Square on a rainy night #newyork #street #night #light

On March 17, 2012 at 07:49PM via Instagram