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Leo Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' highlighted at Olympics Opening Ceremony

A nod to Russian author Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace had viewers at the Olympics Opening Ceremony watching some famous ballet dancers on Friday night. Hundreds of Russian ballet stars performed a scene from the novel at the Opening Ceremony and impressed the world with their moves. Getting to see the stars very closely, the cameras zoomed in on the arena floor as the dancers moved elegantly.

Olympics Opening Ceremony offers a look at Russian ballet
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The Sochi Olympics had told the world that some of the world's best ballet dancers were going to strut their stuff. In a highly sequenced ballroom dance, shown to the world as a nod to Tolstoy's War and Peace, transformed the arena floor into an imperial ballroom. The moment was spectacular and gave a very important presentation of the culture of Russia along with a taste of the Russian ballet.

The Olympics Opening Ceremony has people around the world watching at the parade of the athletes came into the stadium and share in a moment of global history. The history of Russia along with a look at the country’s culture was on display at the Sochi ceremony.

While many fans felt like they were getting a Russian history lesson, those viewers who were able to follow along were impressed with how Russia showed off the culture, both good and bad. Giving people at home, no matter where they live, a chance to explore the world of Russia.