Raise your hand (or perfectly pointed foot) if you’ve been totally unproductive this week because you’ve been glued to your TV watching the coverage of the Olympic Games! With the 2016 Rio Olympics in full swing, we’re swelling with pride (U-S-A! U-S-A!), debating bedazzling our leotards to match the Final Five, and are attempting some seriously risky dismounts off our living room couches (don’t try this at home, folks — like seriously). As dancers, we get especially excited about the Summer Olympics. Here are five reasons we’re hooked on all things Rio.
1. The gymnastics, duh
As the closest sport to dance (more or less, right?), we’re equal parts critical of these incredible gymnasts (pretty sure most of our non-dance friends don’t obsess over pointed toes quite like we do) and in absolute awe of them. This year’s Gold Medal-winning Final Five are worthy of such awe. Newcomer Simone Biles has led the team with the highest scores so far, and is joined by fellow superstars Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez. They won the gold and stole our hearts. Bravo, ladies!
2. The beauty of synchronized diving
Sure, we can whip out side aerials and back handsprings no problem. But to dive off a crazy-high platform, whip out a few flips and twists, and land in the pool with nary a splash? Yeah, right. Oh, and to do it in perfect harmony with a fellow diver? So impressive.
3. All those rhinestones
OK, so this is pretty specific to gymnastics, but this year’s Under Armour leotards are perhaps the sparkliest yet, and we can’t stop staring at them. #gimme
4. The sounds of the audience cheering
It’s like competition times about a billion. Every time Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky have dominated in the pool, or Simone Biles has nailed a #flawless floor routine, the crowd goes wild, and so do we. We have perma-goosebumps.
5. The teamwork, pride, and camaraderie
In another way the Olympics are similar to our studio and competition lives, the teamwork, pride, and camaraderie at the Olympics reach an all-time high. The team spirit is palpable, the rivalries run thick, and the grit and determination these athletes display are motivating.
Keep crushing it, Team USA! We’re rooting for you, screaming for you, and strive to be like you.