Urban Dancers by Omar Z. Robles

Urban ballet dancers photographed by Omar Z. Robles.

Omar Z. Robles is a New York City based photographer who tries to interpret the world through narrative photography in urban environments. In an ongoing photo series, Omar Z. Robles captures the aesthetic movements of ballet dancers in rugged cityscapes and apartments. His interest in story telling was awakened by legendary mime actor Marcel Marceau. He taught him how to use movement as a language. Robles’ stunning series shows different dancers in a variety of acrobatic movements. Their highly aesthetic dance moves create a fascinating and unique body language. At first glance, their movements form a contrast with the urban environment, but on closer contemplation, you will recognize that every movement seems to interact with its surroundings. Each gentle flow of a dancer’s body seems to offer a short story.

Before Omar Z. Robles started to work on this photo series of urban ballet dancers, he was shooting photographs of diverse celebrities, artists, athletes, politicians or random people for different projects and clients such as The Chicago Tribune’s Hoy, Metro San Juan, Latino Leaders, etc. The photo series rapidly gained a lot of attention. Below you can find a few examples of his work. For more, please visit Omar Z. Robles’ website or follow him on Instagram.

Dancer Lindsey Croop is posing in front of the camera.
Dancer Lindsey Croop is posing in front of the camera.
Dance pose by Eriko Sugimura in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Dance pose by Eriko Sugimura in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Greta Zuccarello is posing in the streets of New York City.
Greta Zuccarello is posing in the streets of New York City.
Alexandra Jacob seems to float in an apartment.
Alexandra Jacob seems to float in an apartment.
Javier Rojas and Keyvin Martínez in the streets of Havana, Cuba.
Javier Rojas and Keyvin Martínez in the streets of Havana, Cuba.
Jump by Laura Tosar.
Jump by Laura Tosar. The photographer captures the fleeting moment of highly acrobatic and aesthetic movements.
Lindsey Croop's ballet shoes.
Lindsey Croop’s ballet shoes. In contrast to the mainly acrobatic movements, this picture creates a sense of sensuality.
Silken Kelly's dance performance in New York City.
Silken Kelly’s dance performance in New York City.
Urban dancers photographed by Omar Z. Robles.
Urban dancers photographed by Omar Z. Robles.

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