Ballerinas Are Taking Over Instagram and We're Totally Okay With That

Dancing all over cities across the world

The Ballerina Project
The Ballerina Project combines two things we love: beautiful women and architecture. For twelve years, photographer Dane Shitagi has been working on the Ballerina Project, a photography series capturing ballerinas posing and performing everywhere but onstage — with the New York City skyline behind them, on a streetcar in Toronto, on a beach. Though the Instagram account doesn't encompass the whole series, it still has almost 240,000 subscribers. Seeing these women, many of them soloists at the top ballet companies, performing ballet in public is like seeing an Olympic athlete sprinting past you on the sidewalk. But out of their usual stuffy theater context, their beauty and strength look effortless and natural.

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Dancer Sarah James keeps warm on the radiator.

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Dancer Jennifer Minzy Lee in the East Village, New York City.

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American Ballet Theatre soloist Isabella Boylston hits the beach in Hawaii.

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Alys Shee of the Birmingham Royal Ballet kicking back on her hometown's streetcars in Toronto.

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Kelsey Ivana Hellebuyck of the Pennsylvania Ballet in Boston.

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An unnamed dancer actually goes into a body of water in Central Park, New York City.

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American ballerina Zarina Stahnke of the Dresden Semperopera Ballet in Maui.

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The beautiful Emma Victoria Dewing takes it easy in the East Village.

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A ballerina in motion.

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Helen Ruiz of the Miami City Ballet on South Beach at sunrise.

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American Ballet Theatre's Pua Brown dances through the wilds of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Alexandra Jacob breaking all the rules and making me nervous at 190th Street.

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Katie Williams (of American Ballet Theatre) takes measurements in New York City.

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