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Daniil Simkin promoted to Principal! ♥


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#1 Marga

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:02 AM

Daniil Simkin just posted on his Facebook page that he has been promoted to Principal at ABT!

https://www.facebook...445403242179898

Edited to add: News travels fast! Not ten minutes after his announcement, 120 150 people have already "liked" his post on Facebook.

#2 Helene

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:32 AM

Simkin tweeted:

Got promoted to Principal with ABT. B00ya!


Congratulations to Mr. Simkin :flowers:

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:41 AM

ABT just sent it out on Twitter and also posted this on the ABT (public) Facebook page:

https://www.facebook...151307759275027


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:26 AM

Great news! Congratulations Daniil! I hope more promotions are soon to come at ABT.......

#5 Helene

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:35 AM

PNB tweeted it's congratulations, along with a link to a video with Simkin and Maria Kochetkova in the "Corsaire" Pas de Deux from the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, 2009:

Congrats to @daniil simkin for his Principal promotion @ABTBallet! (if you aren't familiar w/ him: http://bit.ly/114hpYU)


I still can't believe he could land that last jump in the manege in the coda around the 8 minute mark. I think they make a wonderful pairing.

Here's a link to the news in the NYT:

http://artsbeat.blog...sarts&seid=auto

#6 Dale

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

DANIIL SIMKIN PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL DANCER

WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE



Daniil Simkin has been promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre. The promotion, which becomes effective immediately, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.
Simkin was born in Russia to ballet dancers Dmitrij Simkin and Olga Aleksandrova and was raised in Wiesbaden, Germany. From the age of six, Simkin often appeared onstage dancing alongside his father. He began his formal ballet training at age 10, under the direction of his mother. At age 12 he began participating in ballet competitions and galas around the world.
In 2006, Simkin joined the Vienna State Opera Ballet as a demi-soloist. His roles with the company included the peasant pas de deux in Elena Tchernichova’s Giselle, the Nutcracker-Prince in Vasily Vainonen’s The Nutcracker, Benvolio in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and the Beggar Chief in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, among others. In 2007, he danced his first principal role, Basilio in Don Quixote, as a guest with the Lithuanian National Opera.
Simkin’s awards include First Prize at International Ballet Competitions in
St. Pölten, Austria (2000); Vienna, Austria (2001); Perm, Russia (2004); and Varna, Bulgaria (2004), where he also won the Gold Medal. He won the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Vienna in 2004 and in Helsinki in 2005. In 2006, he won the Senior Gold Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
Simkin joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in October 2008. His repertoire with ABT includes the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, the Ballet Dancer in
The Bright Stream, Franz in Coppélia, Ali and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Basilio and the Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, Puck in The Dream, the first sailor in Fancy Free,
the Flames of Paris pas de deux, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Nutcracker Prince in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Lensky in Onegin, the Son in Prodigal Son, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Boy With Matted Hair in Shadowplay, the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes, Prince Siegfried and Benno in Swan Lake, Gurn in La Sylphide, Eros and a Goat in Sylvia, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and roles in Allegro Brillante, Black Tuesday, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Company B, Duets, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading and One of Three. He created the Chinese Dance in Ratmansky's The Nutcracker and roles in Everything Doesn't Happen at Once and Troika.
American Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York December 7-16. For more information, visit www.abt.org.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:45 PM

Fantastic news! Simkin is a perfect example of a highly-talented dancer who has developed beyond the 'competitions whiz kid' to become a mature artist. His Siegfried in Swan Lake this past summer really opened my eyes to his new dimensions. He can now put 'Les Bourgeois' to rest, for once and for all!

What a year of principal-promotions 2012 has turned out to be - Simkin, Seo....Obraztsova & Kaptsova at the Bolshoi...Kondaurova at the Mariinsky...Rebecca Krohn at NYCB, et. al. I have equally good vibes for Boylston, a healthy Copeland and others in 2013. Posted Image

#8 vipa

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

Congrats to Simkin. I wish him well, while I still have reservations about him. His Stars & Stripes pas at City Center showed amazing tricks and an amazing disregard for his partner. I wonder who he'll be dancing with.

I didn't agree with Seo's promotion either so maybe I'm just an an opinionated grouch who prefers NYC Ballet.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:00 PM

I like Daniil but I think they should have fixed his shaky partnering and hammy/ non existant acting issues before they promoted him to principal. In my opinion, he really hasn't changed from being the Gala boy wonder with big tricks and showmanship. But on second thought, that would require ABT to actually hire more quality ballet masters/ mistresses to fix it... Congrats to him nonetheless.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

He doesn't seem to be cast for many principal roles at the Met. Three Corsaires, one Sleeping Beauty (with Lane), one Nutcracker next month (with Lane), one Swan Lake (with Boylston). Ratmansky didn't use him in either cast for the new Symphony #9 this fall. (I have no idea what any of that means. Perhaps others do.)

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

There are still some tbas for the Met, no? One wonders what Kevin's mindset is behind this. He only recently started giving Herman some of these roles and Herman is ten times the dancer Simkin is. The other question is, of course, who is he going to be partnering? I would assume this projects Boylston's promotion in the very near future, as every outing he has with Lane seems fraught with awkwardness due their completely different styles (note: I'm just going by what people say about their various outings together).

#12 Natalia

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:07 AM

At the Swan Lake debut this past summer at the Met, Simkin did a great job partnering Boylston. For example, in the 'White Swan' adagio, he actually did the high 'upside-down press lifts' during the diagonal, rather than the simpler waist-high 'presage pose' carries that one often sees when a slight man has to partner a larger woman. I wouldn't expect Simkin to do the high upside-down-press with a Veronica Part (heaven forbid such a partnership!) but it worked very well with Boylston. (Yes, I realize that Boylston is so strong that she could even partner herself in sections, if need be. Still - kudos to Simkin for pulling it off.)

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:28 AM

Posted Image for Mr. Simkin!

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:20 AM

Are dancers typically promoted to principal before they have danced only a couple of principal roles? Usually, one reads complaints about dancing soloist and principal roles too long before promotions.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:42 PM

He doesn't seem to be cast for many principal roles at the Met. Three Corsaires, one Sleeping Beauty (with Lane), one Nutcracker next month (with Lane), one Swan Lake (with Boylston). Ratmansky didn't use him in either cast for the new Symphony #9 this fall. (I have no idea what any of that means. Perhaps others do.)


Hi California. Simkin also has a Don Q with Boylston at the Met, and I'm sure he will repeat his role as Lensky in Eugene Onegin, which is second lead role. I'd also bet that he is cast in the third movement of Symphony in C, though there is no casting announced yet. I saw his Don Q a few years ago with Kajiya, and I thought he was wonderful. .


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