We often call dancers superheroes, but rarely do we mean it literally. Today, though, we do: American Ballet Theatre's Gray Davis is a superhero.
The 31-year-old corps member was waiting for the train at NYC's 72nd Street Station on Saturday night with his wife, soloist Cassandra Trenary, who'd just performed in The Golden Cockerel at the Met Opera House. When they saw a woman push a man onto the tracks, Davis jumped down after him, risking his life to lift the man to safety.
Photographer Aaron Pegg is already Insta-famous as @underground_nyc, where he snaps artsy photos of people throughout the NYC subway system. Over the weekend, he revealed that ballerinas are his favorite photography subjects.
The New York Post interviewed Pegg and rounded up some of his best ballet pics—and we are drooling over the gorgeous poses and stunning lines. And it doesn’t hurt that his #flawless subjects frequently include Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Alison Stroming, Ingrid Silva and Nayara Lopes, American Ballet Theatre’s Elina Miettinen and Boston Ballet soloist Rachele Buriassi.
Of his dance subway shots Pegg says to the New York Post, “It’s such a great contrast between two art forms—the gritty subway with the elegance of ballet. I love working with ballerinas because they’re perfectionists. They make you want to be a perfectionist as well.”
Scroll through our favorites below for some serious #MondayMotivation and check out the original Post piece here.
Dance Theatre of Harlem's Nayara Lopes, Alison Stroming and Ingrid Silva. (screenshot via @underground_nyc)
Dancer Olivia L. Burgess (screenshot via underground_nyc)
Dancer Ingrid Silva at Central Park (screenshot via @underground_nyc)
Boston Ballet soloist Rachele Buriassi (screenshot via @underground_nyc)
Dancer Kelly Kakaley (screenshot via @underground_nyc)
American Ballet Theatre dancer Elina Miettinen (screenshot via @underground_nyc)
Dancer Alison Stroming (screenshot via @underground_nyc)
Dancer Brittany Cavaco (screenshot via @underground_nyc)
Dancer Rachele Buriassi (screenshot via @underground_nyc)
Dancer Ingrid Silva (screenshot via @underground_nyc)
Who else saw Catching Fire this weekend?! So good. But don't worry--I'm not gonna give away any spoilers (although you've probably already read the entire Hunger Games trilogy at least four times, right?).
Instead, I want to talk about what happened when Josh Hutcherson, aka bad-boy baker from District 12 Peeta Mellark, hosted "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.
Hutcherson teamed up with Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson in a mock documentary about a b-boy group, Matchbox 3, that performs on subway cars in NYC. Now, we already know that there is some real talent out there on the NYC Subway. Exhibit A: Tapper Josh Johnson, who tapped his way from the subway to national television and Madison Square Garden. But these three aren't exactly ready for Madison Square Garden.
Beyond being gloriously hilarious, this video also features some clips of real subway b-boy performers, so it's worth a watch just for that: