This iconic film, tap dance, and piece of music has been the source of jaw-dropping dance entertainment since 1952. The original score by Arthur Freed came years before the film Singin’ in the Rain around 1929, which means the film version came to associate it with tap dancing. How has one of the most memorable dance scenes in film history evolved and been adapted to suit current audiences? From Gene Kelly to Adam Garcia, we’re exploring who danced it best, to how the dance has modernised. We’ve been listening to the “singing in the rain” Spotify playlist to set the mood...
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Starting from the top, Kelly is the original Singin’ in the Rain tapper. He was 37 at the time of his performance, with years of dancing experience. His tap solo truly is one of the most memorable in dance history, with other dance scenes from the likes of Dirty Dancing, Grease and West Side Story coming in the same legendary category.
Garcia is arguably a close second to Kelly’s talent, as you’ll see here in this video of him performing the tap number on tour in the Australian 2016 musical production of the film.
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The most reworked version of Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain tap dance is by Britain’s Got Talent’s 2008 winner. In fact, Sampson’s video starts with a high-energy street style of tap, but this style remixes the original routine and soundtrack for the duration of the track into less tap and more hip-hop.
Williams performs alongside the cast of the West End production. It’s mostly a singing number, although we love comparing the set and costumes to the 1952 film version.
Joanne Clifton & Ore Oduba
Their American Smooth dance to Singin’ in the Rain evokes Gene Kelly with a modern twist of having a pair dance to this famous number.