Please take a moment to read Rachel March's thoughtful blog entry regarding the promotion of Daniil Simkin to principal at ABT. A few of her pointed comments:
[Simkin] borders on unwatchable in anything other than a gala solo, and even then I wouldn't pay just to see it.
He frustrates me more for his bravado and lack of respect for his ballerinas than for his dancing itself, though to quote a knowledgeable balletomane friend of mine, this promotion is "really rather disgusting. Especially after City Center, where he killed Stars & Stripes, and not in a good way."
Ironically, this promotion was announced minutes after ABT called me to request my annual donation. Luckily, I had put them off for now, and unless something drastically wonderful happens with the empty casting spots for Met season, they won't be getting any money out of me this donation season. And by wonderful I mean meaty principal casting for Stella Abrera, Yuriko Kajiya, Misty Copeland, Jared Matthews and Joey Gorak.
You can catch up with Rachel on Twitter at twitter.com/rachelmarch which Haglund reads frequently even though he doesn't officially indulge in Twittzling himself.