Gorgeous Portraits of Ballet Dancers Gracefully Moving through the Streets of Mexico City


Gratitude—that's what New York-based photographer Omar Robles took away with him after his latest experience photographing ballet dancers in urban backdrops. Following his recent trip to Cuba, the talented photographer took his project to Mexico City with the support of Fujifilm, where he once again connected with gifted local dancers to create a striking series of images. The grace, elegance, and athleticism of the dancers' craft is on full display in Robles' photography.

What began in New York is now taking on further significance as a glimpse into the international community—and the public's reaction to these spontaneous bursts of action. In this case, Mexico's deep rooted traditions were readily apparent, as Robles' trip coincided with the Day of the Dead. “Bold and vibrant colors everywhere, mirroring the character of the people who call the city home,” Robles recounts. “The same who curiously stood by while I photographed the dancers and in many occasions even offered ovations after witnessing our shoots. They clapped and cheered the dancers after we were finished shooting at a location.”

The applause came as a shock, as the photographer had gotten used to a completely different attitude in New York. “Often while shooting here in NYC, people often pass us by, perhaps softly shaking their heads producing a chuckle spiced with a slight hint of cynicism. Some will try to steal a picture of the moment. A few will even go as far as boldly expressing discomfort if they feel we are interrupting their way. The Mexican applause thus definitely took me by surprise.”

And for Robles, it was this difference that has stayed with him—the gratitude in the eyes of the public, who were appreciative for the small change in their daily routine. More than staging an image, Robles' work captures the moment—the exuberance, refinement, and grace that each dancer embodies and how that translates to the public.


















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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Omar Z. Robles.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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