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What's Everyone Talking About After Sochi's Closing Ceremony?

Yesterday, we said goodbye to what was perhaps the most dance-tastic Olympics of all time. And just like the somewhat cute (and somewhat creepy) Sochi Bear, we feel like shedding a single tear:

(via thebiglead.com)

Mmk, we're done moping, we promise. Now let's talk about last night's closing ceremony. Just like the ceremony that opened the games, this event did not disappoint on the dance front.

We got more beautiful performances by Bolshoi and Mariinsky dancers:

(Photo by Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY)

As pretty as a painting. It almost looks like a Degas, doesn't it? (Photo by Richard Mackson/USA TODAY)

Those costumes... Can we be her please? (photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

We got some aeriel dance (from helium-filled clouds, naturally...):

Pretty psychedelic, huh? (photo by Jeffrey Swinger/USA TODAY)

And we got some circus performers:

OK, so it's not technically dance, but we're counting it—because we can. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

But the most talked-about moment of Sochi's closing ceremonies involved a touch of dance humor. You see, during Sochi's opening ceremony, there was a technical difficulty. Five snowflakes that were supposed to explode into the five Olympic rings ended up looking like this:

The little snowflake that couldn't... (Photo by Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY)

But instead of hoping that everyone would forget about the mishap, Sochi's creative director Konstantine Ernst made sure everyone remembered, enlisting the help of 700 very sparkly dancers to recreate the incomplete Olympic ring formation:

(Photo by Richard Mackson/USA TODAY)

But then, in an act of glorious redemption, the fifth ring swirled open! (Click here to watch a clip of the big moment.)

(Photo by Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Kudos, Russia. That was pretty darn funny.

Fingers crossed that the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics will bring us just as much (if not more) dance. Gangnam Style, anyone?? We can dream.

(via dailypop.in)

 

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