In the clip above, you can see David Morse performing the role of the Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée, dancing the complicated clog dance! It’s a challenging piece of choreography that requires the dancer to tap out frenzied staccato rhythms in time with the music.

In the clip below you can see the solo being rehearsed in the studio by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Rory Mackay. The footage was recorded during the first week back after the summer break, and stripped of the costume and the other dancing girls, shows off the complexity of the solo all the more.

Birmingham Royal Ballet dances La Fille mal gardée in London tonight until Saturday night, and in Plymouth next Thursday to Saturday.