Revisiting Pointe's Past Cover Stars: Daniil Simkin (June/July 2011)

We revisited some of Pointe's past cover stars for their take on how life—and ballet—has changed.

Daniil Simkin, June/July 2011

Then: Soloist, American Ballet Theatre

Now: Principal, ABT and Staatsballett Berlin. Simkin has also directed and choreographed his own projects.

Daniil Simkin, in a black top and gray tights, leans to one side with his hands behind his head against a gray background with yellow text.

On being a Pointe cover star: "It was a stamp of approval that captured a pivotal moment in time. I was promoted to principal at ABT in 2012, so my cover with Pointe was right at the cusp of that achievement."

Simkin, dressed in a white blouse and brown vest and tan tights and boots, hooks arms with Lane, dressed in a blue peasant dress, as they chug along in an arabesque with their front knees bent and look at each other.

Daniil Simkin and Sarah Lane performing Giselle at American Ballet Theatre.

Erin Baiano, Courtesy ABT

What's changed since then: "Back then, I was the first dancer with a Twitter presence. Since then, there have been several iterations of what 'the next big thing' is. The internet has become the place for individuals to create their own brands, and being a good dancer isn't always enough. But I still consider onstage performance the ultimate test. I've noticed that the possibilities in male technique are advancing at a quicker pace, in an exponential way. It will be interesting to see where it will go."

Advice for dancers: "Don't get too distracted. I see it with my own attention span. Developments in technology are causing our brains to be rewired. You need hard work and focus to progress as a dancer. Work against those other influences."

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