Upon discovering photographer Omar Z. Robles’s Instagram page you’ll quickly find yourself lost in his stream of stunning portraits of ballerinas displaying their incredible abilities. The beauty of their movement juxtaposed with the gritty urban setting.
The photos, taken on the streets of New York City, include both men and women from the American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Concierto De Puerto Rico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
Robles has emassed an impressive 200,000 followers and counting and tells the Huffington Post that his vision is to “break the norm of the everyday. To shatter the monotony of our way of life and portray a world where we could move without the stiff rules of etiquette. To capture the idea of weightlessness, or hovering around town."
"Ballet dancers make us feel as if their movements were truly effortless," he adds. "This while pushing their bodies to the very extreme of what is humanly possible. It is that grace and elegance which mesmerizes us."