Alex Ovechkin Dances Onstage in Moscow (GIF)


There was an Alex Ovechkin sighting in Moscow on Saturday, and it wasn’t awkward at all. Ovechkin got up onstage and danced to Irakli Pirtskhalava’s performance at the ICON nightclub.

We’ve got the GIFs. The glorious, glorious GIFs.

Moves on top of moves.

Those hips don’t lie.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ovi bust a move. There was the rap video he guest-starred in with Sasha Belyi back in 2012. And Ovi was a dancing machine at a Tiesto concert in DC in 2010. His moves in that were so terrific, that’s what you see when you get an address wrong on RMNB. Before that, Ovechkin could be seen dancing at clubs on the Russian internets every summer. Here’s a great compilation.

So who was this artist from Saturday night? Irakli is a singer and radio personality. He recorded the song “We Believe In You” for the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Ovechkin and Irakli have known each other for a while; they took a a selfie together during the World Championships last month.


Thanks to @kirivechkin for sending us the videos.

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  • JenCo

    In the first clip of his dancing from a side POV, I thought he was rocking a fanny-pack, Brouwer Rangers style. I had to do a double take. lol

  • You were not the only one who thought that. Haha.

  • Jesse Morgan

    I’m just glad every time I dance doesn’t show up on the internet.

  • Bonnie

    My friends boyfriend is Russian…he also dances like this. It’s quite embarrassing when you actually know the person. haha

  • Sarah

    I wonder how many of us would get into that club in shorts and white sneakers?

  • Lawrence
  • Stevarooni

    I’m having “Injured Disco Dancing Gronkowski” flashbacks

  • Graham Dumas

    Нас всех бы фейскронтролили сразу. 🙂

  • mucha563

    My ex is Russian and he would never dance when we would go out; however, one night 7 years into the relationship he decided to join his friends and I on the dance floor. It made me question if I really knew him at all. I think they have a embarrassing dancing gene.

  • Diller M

    So if Canada is 10 years behind us, is Russia 10 years behind them? What is with all the peace signs?!

  • Sarah

    Конечно! Однако, мне думается, что я не была бы там во всяком случае — если я получила приглашение, и я не должна была идти, наверно я одевалась бы так, чтобы быть выброшенной. Я не могу вытерпеть ночные клувы.

  • Graham Dumas

    Your Russian’s looking great! You’re definitely getting the point across, but I might have phrased the thing differently to be more idiomatic. If you like, I can show you what I would have done.

  • Sarah

    Please? I don’t have a teacher, after all, so why not #RMNBRussianLessons

  • dc homer

    Glad to see Ovi back to his tough offseason workout regime.

  • Graham Dumas

    So I would say this: (comments in English) Но я думаю (однако, мне думается is way formal), что, по любому, я бы не пошла туда. Если бы (бы for every verb in a conditional clause) меня пригласили и (no commas before “и” in Russian as a general rule, with few exceptions) идти было бы особенно не нужно, наверно[е], (technically that word is written with a “e”, but that’s also very formal, so your way is fine; наверно/е is also separated by commas as a rule) я бы оделась (perfective, rather than imperfective verb here, showing completeness of action, rather than ongoing action) так, чтобы меня бы вышвырнули. Я терпеть не могу (invert the word order and use imperfective verb for this idiom–вытерпеть is “to have lived through”, as in, “he lived through some serious torture”) ночные клубы.

    If I were you, right now I’d feel a bit down about myself. But you shouldn’t, because idiomatic Russian is extremely difficult to master (and I make no claim to have mastered it here). You’ve really got to live there and hang out with people from there for a while to pick up the speech patterns and nuances. But you’ll get there! (Full disclosure: my wife corrected my version as well before I posted.)

  • Sarah

    Lol, thanks! Fortunately I don’t have any capacity for language shame. And I learned what Russian I know reading books and screwing around, and only much later having any contact with native speakers and getting to have real conversations. I have no plans to go to Russia or use it very seriously, or I would have hired a tutor.
    And anyway, if you’re a perky little blonde chicky people tend to assume you’re a twenty watt bulb anyway, so you get over wanting everybody to think you’re brilliant. This makes life a lot more fun, and helps when learning foreign languages because sounding stoopid is inevitable.
    Thank you again for the help, although I submit that a) if I were still getting dressed (imperfective, d’oh) they would really throw me out pretty quick, and b) night clubs are serious torture.

  • Graham Dumas

    Haha, true that! You’re probably aware of them, but I find sites like super helpful in resolving grammatical conundra. Also, otherwise crappy authors like Yulia Latynina or Ilya Stogov are great for building up more conversational vocab. Счастливой учебы!

  • Sarah

    Mostly I’ve just gotten lazy with my Russian lately, and have been ignoring it. After all, I achieved the only important goal I have in Russian: reading articles. Consequently I’ve slipped a bit, e.g. клувы for клубы– I thought I was done making typos like that! And I knew better than to write the past instead of the conditional after если. The other stuff was new.

  • Graham Dumas

    Don’t let it get you down. I supposedly speak “professional level” Russian, but I still make mistakes that I look back on afterwards with embarrassment.

  • Sarah

    Not letting it get me down
    Me : Russian idioms :: Ovi : dancing

  • Graham Dumas

    Three words: Wind. Of. Change.

  • hotstovebb

    You can tell Masha’s out of town.

  • Aynur Yanturin

    You guys are awesome! I’m a Russian Caps fan, so if you’d like to converse in Russian from time to time (as well as English), добавляйтесь в друзья на фейсбуке!

  • Shaun Phillips

    If you do want to get some lessons, my wife uses iTalki to work on her French and Spanish. I’m sure they have Russian tutors on there and it’s pretty reasonably priced.

  • Capitol_Puishment

    Makes you wonder if Mick Jagger was really a Russian

  • Sarah

    К сожалению у меня нет сайта на фейсбуке… я не люблю класть портреты на интернеты… Но, спасибо!

  • Aynur Yanturin

    Сара, “класть портреты на интернеты” звучит не совсем по-русски. Я бы сказал “выкладывать (‘post’) фото в интернет”. Алсо, “страницы (странички) на фейсбуке”. Всегда пожалуйста!

  • Sarah

    Спасибо за Вашу помочь! Если Вы хотите мою електронную почту: