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Photo: Sylvia Azzoni as Neumeier...

Posted on: April 12th, 2012 by Daniil 2 Comments


Sylvia Azzoni as Neumeier's "Little Mermaid" in Taipei 2010 #a_dancers_life #behind_the_curtain #in_the_wings #costume #onstage

On April 12, 2012 at 09:15AM via Instagram


Photo: The birth of a biliash (plur...

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 by Daniil 2 Comments


The birth of a biliash (plural: bilishi). A deep-fried meat bun! Yum! #food #travel #family #like

On April 09, 2012 at 06:34PM via Instagram


Photo: En route to the airport. JFK...

Posted on: April 8th, 2012 by Daniil 1 Comment


En route to the airport. JFK ✈ FRA. Looking forward to 5 days with my parents...and home-cooked food. #newyork #travel #plane #color

On April 08, 2012 at 07:35PM via Instagram


Photo: Trying to gather the motivat...

Posted on: April 6th, 2012 by Daniil No Comments


Trying to gather the motivation to do class...alone... #newyork #a_dancers_life #studio #abt

On April 06, 2012 at 03:09PM via Instagram


Photo: Mr Baryshnikov & yours ...

Posted on: April 5th, 2012 by Daniil 1 Comment


Mr Baryshnikov & yours truly #a_dancers_life #like #newyork

On April 05, 2012 at 12:47AM via Instagram


Photo: From inside out… #ligh...

Posted on: March 31st, 2012 by Daniil 1 Comment


From inside out... #light #abstract

On March 31, 2012 at 07:26PM via Instagram


Photo: Studio style: @heeseoabt ! F...

Posted on: March 31st, 2012 by Daniil No Comments


Studio style: @heeseoabt ! Fashion world's street style is the dance world's studio style! #abt #studio #rehearsal #behind_the_curtain #a_dancers_life #studio_style

On March 31, 2012 at 02:22AM via Instagram


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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