Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre
Born in Russia to a ballet family. Parents left for the West with a three-years-old Daniil and, after several international engagements, settled in Wiesbaden, Germany, where Mr. Simkin first appeared on the stage.
From the age of six he often appeared onstage, dancing alongside his father Dmitrij Simkin, at the age of ten he began his training under the direction of his mother, Olga Aleksandrova. At 12, he began participating in ballet competitions and galas around the world. He joined the ballet company of the Vienna State Opera in 2006 where he has danced many roles in the classical, neoclassical and contemporary. After joining the American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in October 2008, he became a Principal Dancer in 2012.
Mr. Simkin's awards include the Senior Gold Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson 2006, Grand Prix International Ballet Competition Helsinki 2005 and First Prize and Gold Medal at the 21st International Ballet Competition in Varna 2004, among others.
Ballet critics point out Daniil Simkin’s silent flying leaps, excellent pace, legs easily opened in a split and steady stable spins with a rare capability to stop standing on one foot after a pirouette.