Talk at the dinner table over the weekend about my recent visit to the Bolshoi (to see The Nutcracker) led on to a discussion about Tchaikovsky and from there we got on to Swan Lake and from there it was but a small step (thanks to WiFi) to getting the laptop and digging out some clips on YouTube. So it was that we became fascinated by the pas de quattre. Here’s one Bolshoi version (here) and here’s another (here). Here’s a Kirov version (here). There are loads more clips out there but there is one wonderful parody that had us in stitches – repeatedly (here); see those men up on their points! – and one Japanese version that is just very clever as well as being very skilful (here). Extraordinary stuff!