One of the biggest fan pages of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury shared a post on Instagram revealing how Mercury felt when he performed with The Royal Ballet back in 1979, and apparently, he was in a great deal of pain during the practices.

As you may know, Freddie Mercury began training with The Royal Ballet for a charity performance to be held at the London Coliseum in 1979 after being encouraged by his friend Wayne Eagling, a choreographer and principal dancer for The Royal Ballet. According to Mercury, ballet is something he could not practice due to the fact that he needed his free-will while dancing.

Here is what Mercury said about his collaboration with The Royal Ballet:

“They asked me. They actually thought I could dance. So they asked me to do this charity concert. Then I realized, how I could dance. I appreciate their discipline and dedication a hell of a lot.

I mean, it’s a different kind of dedication than you have to apply to what I’m doing. I don’t think I could ever do it because it’s like learning someone else’s steps. I do things that I want to do and it’s all very free-form.”

Since Mercury is known for his unique moves and his beaming energy on stage, his performance was highly praised considering it was also a sold-out event. Queen frontman didn’t just dance with the members of The Royal Ballet, he also sang ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ during his performance.

One of the biggest Freddie Mercury fan pages on Instagram shared a post dedicated to his performance with The Royal Ballet and revealed how Freddie felt about the rehearsals for the show. Although he was a huge fan of ballet, it was full of pain and agony, Mercury told The London Evening News.

Here is what Mercury said:

“They had me practicing at the barre and all that, stretching my legs … trying to do things in a week that they’d been doing for years. It was murder. After two days I was in agony. It was hurting me in places I didn’t know I had, dear.”

You can see the Instagram post below.