Karina Gonzalez Drives Off with Our Hearts in This Commercial

We love it when ballet makes on-screen appearances, whether its in documentaries or scripted shows—or even commercials. Though tapping top ballerinas to sell something can read as a little cheesy, it's just another chance to see them in action. Plus, commercial videos often have such high production budgets, we get to witness technological wizardry along with dance.

In Houston Ballet principal Karina González's new spot for Honda, though, the focus is on her sweet, sunny personality and crystal clear technique—without any superfluous editing. Her story, of dancing her whole life and becoming the first Hispanic female principal at Houston Ballet, takes precedence over the fact that she's driving around in a Honda. Take a look, and listen for her great advice: You can never be perfect, but you can be excellent.

 

 

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