13 August 2012 at 1.00pm | 7 Comments
Darcey Bussell and Royal Ballet Principals at the London 2012 closing ceremony © Reuters/Gary Hershorn
Last night's closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games saw dancers from The Royal Ballet join their counterparts from other British dance companies and Darcey Bussell in a 200-strong ensemble choreographed by Alastair Marriott and Christopher Wheeldon at the climax of the three-hour spectacular.
Coming out of retirement, former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey descended onto the centre of the stage on a flaming phoenix where she joined Gary Avis, Edward Watson, Nehemiah Kish and Jonathan Cope for a performance inspired by the Olympic flame and spirit.
Take a look behind the scenes during rehearsals:
Darcey Bussell retired from professional dance in 2007 but remains involved in the art form. Earlier this year she was announced as a judge for the next season of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
The ceremony also featured the music of Blur, whose frontman Damon Albarn performs at The Royal Opera House later this month as part of Yinka Shonibare's Deloitte Ignite.