His story, his way

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

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.

"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