The World’s A Stage

Essay 291 • May 21st 2018

Grace, poise, balance, strength, flexibility, fearlessness, unwavering confidence. A dancer must exhibit all of these qualities while performing on the biggest stages. But what if the stage was a busy crosswalk, a bustling New York street, a roadblock as balance beam as traffic glided by? No Problem. I asked Leonardo to dance in the streets as if it the spotlight were on and an audience sat captivated watching him. He did, and many a passerby became his captivated audience.


Ammar Thomas is a fashion and street photographer based in New York/New Jersey. Ammar’s passion for image-making is fueled by his desire to see and create more diverse imagery across fashion and media.

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Dancer: Leonardo Brito

Photo assistant/videographer: Sergio Santos