A fan account dedicated to Queen’s iconic frontman Freddie Mercury recently posted a series of photos from his brief affair with ballet on their Instagram account, and included some of his words considering the challenges he faced following strict instructions, something that he wasn‘t very used to, and ‘trying to do things in a week that they’d been doing for years.’
There is no doubt that Freddie Mercury is one of the most loved and appreciated rockstars of all time, and although he left us almost three decades ago, his music, character, and overall legacy are still appreciated by millions of people all around the world. He was known for his four-octave vocal range, brave flamboyant style which altered the conventions of a rock frontman, and courage to always try new things.
In their recent post, the fan page recalled the year 1979 when Mercury was asked to perform with The Royal Ballet for a charity performance at the London Coliseum. Freddie Mercury, who was often interested in gaining new experiences accepted this offer and started training with them. In a later interview, he revealed that The Royal Ballet actually thought that he could dance when they asked him and once he started rehearsing with them, he realized that he actually could.
Freddie Mercury said that the rehearsals were both physically and mentally draining. On the one hand, he was trying to learn all the moves that the other members had been working on for years, in just a week which he described as ‘murder.’ On the other hand, he was trying to get used to their discipline and way of performing which he described as ‘learning someone else’s steps’ which was quite hard for him as he liked doing things his own way.
Nonetheless, Freddie Mercury managed to learn all the moves, and in the end, he put on an amazing performance. He didn’t just dance, but he also performed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ and ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love.’ His performances were highly appreciated by both the audience of the time and the generations to come after them. You can watch Mercury’s performance below and enjoy the level of extra that only he could bring to the stage.
Here’s what was written in the caption:
“Freddie the Ballet Dancer
In 1979, encouraged by his friend Wayne Eagling, a choreographer and principal dancer for The Royal Ballet, Freddie Mercury began training with members of the company for a charity performance to be held at the London Coliseum to raise money for mentally handicapped children.
Here’s the experience in Freddie’s words:
‘The Royal Ballet 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.'”
This is what was said about the challenging rehearsals:
“Freddie took his training and rehearsals seriously, though he described the experience as agonizing. Here’s why:
‘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.’
Of course, Freddie didn’t just dance with the members of The Royal Ballet, he also sang adapted versions of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ and ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love‘ while he was being hurled around the stage never missing a note, beat, or pose.
📸 Freddie training with members of The Royal Ballet (London) in 1979.”
Click here to check out the post and you can check out the performance below.