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Mariinsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet perform at Olympics Closing Ceremony (photos)

Dancers perform a celebration of Russian ballet during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia
Dancers perform a celebration of Russian ballet during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Olympic Closing Ceremony was full of culture on Sunday as viewers around the world watched the show. One very rare and unique moment was when Mariinsky Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet came together for a Sochi Olympics performance. It was an extraordinary segment as the two Russian ballet troupes are considered fierce competitors, yet it was a beautiful moment on the stage of the Fisht Olympic Stadium floor. According to the New York Times on Sunday, the way viewers could tell the difference between the troupes was with the colors. Red and gold was the Bolshoi with blue and gold being the Mariinsky dancers.

The performance was a tribute to some of the great Russian dancers including Anna Pavlovna. Pavlova was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Another individual who was honored in the performance was Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev. Typically he is known outside of Russia simply as Serge. He was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes.

The Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony offered a beautiful moment when the two ballet troupes came together to celebrate the end of the Olympics. It was amazing to see so many performs together on one international stage.

Take a look at the photo slideshow of the Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony.