17 Striking Photos Of Ballerinas Gracefully Dancing In The Gritty Streets Of NYC

The contrast is striking.

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Ballet dancers are known for their grace, dedication, and elegance. New York City, on the other hand, is known for its trash-covered sidewalks, rat-infested train stations, and dirty puddle water. Yet, when you mix the two things together, you get impressively beautiful photos. 

Photographer Omar Z. Robles captures breathtaking images of ballerinas juxtaposed against the harsh streets of NYC. The plié in the middle of traffic-jammed streets, croisé on crowded gum-covered sidewalks, and pirouette in dingy subway tunnels. The contrast between the two is striking. 

"My vision was 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," Robles told Huffington Post

He finds his male and female subjects at various ballet schools around the city, including American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

New York isn't the only urban jungle Robles has taken his photography series to. He's photographed ballerinas in Seattle, Havana, and San Juan, too. 

You can check out some of his work below: