His story, his way

Born in Russia, award-winning ballet dancer Daniil Simkin (above) started his classical ballet training at the age of nine.
Born in Russia, award-winning ballet dancer Daniil Simkin (above) started his classical ballet training at the age of nine.PHOTOS: ENRICO NAWRATH, ROSALIE O'CONNOR
Born in Russia, award-winning ballet dancer Daniil Simkin (above) started his classical ballet training at the age of nine.
Dancer Daniil Simkin.

Ballet dancer Daniil Simkin likes to take charge of the way he is seen on social media, including on YouTube

"I don't think I would be sitting here if not for YouTube," says award-winning ballet dancer Daniil Simkin, explaining how he propelled himself into the public eye more than a decade ago.

"Back in the day, I coded my website myself. I had quite a few videos from my (ballet) competition days. Somebody else started putting up videos from my webpage on YouTube - I was there before I actually knew about YouTube.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2018, with the headline 'His story, his way'. Print Edition | Subscribe