Daniil Simkin is one of the most prominent classical male ballet dancers of his generation and simultaneously a cultural entrepreneur and creative director, focused on building novel dance experiences that advance the art form of dance.

Born into a family of dancers in Novosibirsk, in the Soviet Union, his family left for the West two years after his birth, and after various short engagements settled in Wiesbaden, Germany. Here, Simkin started performing onstage at the age of five, dancing in the resident ballet company at the Hessisches Staatstheater, often alongside his father, Dmitrij Simkin.

After receiving early attention for his natural ability to communicate with the audience, he started his formal ballet training at the age of nine under the tutelage of his mother, Olga Aleksandrova, who became his only teacher for the following ten years.

In this formative time period, while attending regular academic high school in Germany, he competed in ten international ballet competitions, of which he won nine with the highest possible accolade in his category.

Starting his career, he joined the Vienna State Opera as a demi-soloist in 2006 and then the American Ballet Theatre in New York as a soloist in 2008. In 2012, he was subsequently promoted to Principal Dancer, after which he danced most major roles in the classical and contemporary repertoire and created works with some of the most important choreographic voices of his time.

Being an early adopter at heart, Simkin’s beginning of his career coincided with the emergence of social media, for which he advocated in interviews and with which he was one of the first dancers to create a following. This, together with his international performances, helped him become one of the most recognizable names in classical ballet today and a role model for the new generation of dancers.

Simkin toured extensively nationally and internationally with ABT, but also as a freelancer, guesting with many major ballet companies across the world and performing in gala performances throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

In 2018, he simultaneously joined Staatsballett Berlin as a Principal dancer and expanded his repertoire of classical and neoclassical works, while living between Berlin and New York.

Parallel to his career as a dancer, in 2015 he started to creatively produce dance experiences that became points of convergence with the newest possibilities of technology and which repositioned dance in immersive and site-specific settings.

This led to several ventures being produced in co-production with various institutions, most notably INTENSIO (Joyce Theater, 2015), which toured nationally and internationally, Falls The Shadow (Works & Process at the Guggenheim, 2017), which was a site-specific dance experience at the Guggenheim museum in New York using reactive and 3D-mapped video projections with costumes by Dior, as well as CAVE (Martha Graham Dance Company), which was inspired by rave culture. Additionally, he produced award-winning cinematic dance experiences that were shown at various Film Festivals: Diorama (best screendance under 10min winner at SF Dance Film Festival, 2022), and one (Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, 2024).

While currently still performing across the world as a Principal Guest Artist, in 2021 he founded Studio Simkin to consolidate his efforts into a production company that creates work that not only helps dance to stay relevant to the modern human being but also provides relief from contemporary disenchantment through the unifying language of movement.