Okay, I’m cheating a little this week.
I wanted to do something interesting for Father’s Day so I’m changing it up a bit just for today. Below are two videos of a father and son, both spectacular dancers. You don’t get images of that very often, I’m sad to say!
The pair are Dimitrij and Daniil Simkin. Daniil joined ABT as a solist in 2008. He’s been featured as Lankendem in Le Corsaire, the Son in Prodigal Son, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, and danced leading roles in Allegro Brillante and One of Three. He’s won numerous international awards, and I might mention he’s a premiere member of the ballet world’s Twitter etoile 🙂 (you can follow him here). His father, Dimitrij danced with Novosibirsk State Theatre and later toured with the Bolshoi Ballet. He received first prize in both the National Ballet Competition and, in 1988, the Ballet Competition in Varna. In 1990 he moved to Germany where he performed as a Principal in the Deutsch Oper in Düsseldorf and later the Wiesbaden StaatTheater.
The following is a pretty adorable film created in 2001 when Daniil was just 13.
Simkin vs. Simkin
This one is a 2006 performance in Prague.
Happy Father’s Day
to dancing dads and the dads that support dancers!
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Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world. Read Nichelle’s posts.