Street Ballet!

Traffic is horrendous in Mexico City, just like in American cities. What a glorious way to illustrate that streets are meant for people, not just for cars!

In Mexico City, Ballerinas Dance in Traffic—and It’s Absolutely Captivating

A burst of brightness in a city notorious for traffic.

Is this a flash mob? A comedy troupe? Some strange protest along a busy intersection in Mexico City?

Not quite. These seven ballet dancers from the Ardentía dance company are performing selections from “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” and even grooving to Michael Jackson in a downtown crosswalk in the Mexican capital.

Granted, the performances only last 58 seconds—the time it takes for a traffic light to change from red to green—but they’re making a big impact. Over the past couple of weeks, the Ardentía company has performed these mini-shows to brighten the lives of weary commuters, part of an initiative called “the theatricality of public space,” reports the Associated Press. The performances have drawn large crowds and captivated photographers across the city.

“We never thought this was going have to this kind of impact,” says one dancer, Manuela Ospina Castro. “Not only are people accepting it, but they need it.”

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