Not all superheroes wear tights. But the man who jumped down onto New York subway tracks to save a life actually does.

See, Gray Davis, pictured above with the illustrious Misty Copeland, is a member of the corps de ballet at the American Ballet Theatre. And his athleticism came into play over the weekend when a man was pushed onto the tracks at 72nd Street Saturday night after an argument.

“At first I waited for somebody else to jump down there,” Davis told the New York Times. “People were screaming to get help. But nobody jumped down. So I jumped down.”

Davis quickly lifted the man to safety, then faced the challenge of getting off the tracks himself as a train approached. “I never realized how high it was,” Gray said of the platform. “Luckily, I’m a ballet dancer, so I swung my leg up.”

Now, lest you think he was actually wearing tights whilst performing this feat of derring-do, we’ll stop you right there. Davis was actually off this weekend, watching his wife perform at the Met, because he’s currently recuperating from a herniated disc. That’s right, the only guy who sprang into action in these circumstances had a serious injury.

Superhero indeed.