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Forget singing, it’s all about dancing in the rain

Posted at 3:00 pm, November 21, 2012 in Fun London

Puddle jumping. (c) Jesse MillanThere’s a famous saying; ‘life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.’ Well, judging by the forecasts we’d better get some practice in. Here are four great rain-based dances for you to draw inspiration from…

Gene Kelly: Singing in the Rain
Hands down the greatest dance in a film. Gene Kelly looking dapper and charming in a suit and showing Rihanna how to really use an umbrella as a dance prop. He performed this iconic routine in 1952 whilst sick with a 103 degree fever. This dance is so stylish, graceful and romantic. If you wake up and don’t want to start the day because it looks rubbish and wet outside, this will fix it all.

Sylvie Guillem: Wet Woman
The amazing French ballet dancer performs this contemporary piece choreographed by Mats Ek with such fluidity and grace. She creates the most beautiful lines with her body. This dance is both fragile and vulnerable but still packs a powerful punch.

Turf Feinz: Dancing in the Rain
Turfing stands for ‘Taking Up Room on the Floor’ and is a style of street dance that uses a number of movements such as gliding, bonebreaking and tutting (an Egyptian style move taken from the name Tutankhamen) to name a few. It’s contemporary meets hip hop and shows that street dance can be elegant too.

Oh, and if you like a bit of a remix, here’s Mint Royale’s version of Singing in the Rain with a dancing robot made of rubbish.

Jude Brosnan

If you need some extra practice get yourself down to the Barbican’s Rain Room or read our 35 reasons rain is better than sunshine.

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