by Zahid Fayyaz
This adaptation of the much-loved 1952 Gene Kelly film has had a very productive life as a stage musical, what with its catchy songs and tap dancing routines. This particular touring production by Jonathan Church previously ran in the West End and Sadler’s Wells so as expected, the dance has received a lot of attention. The lovely New Wimbledon Theatre where it’s on for this leg of the tour is one of the bigger theatres that lie outside of the West End on the edges of London.
by Amy Toledano
Dance shows can be a tough sell, especially those that are strictly tap dancing shows. Luckily for them, Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs is far from an ordinary dance show. Full of tricks, energy and spectacle, this show is thrilling and entertaining from start to finish.
by guest critic Rebecca JS Nice
Fall Out is one of very few solely tap shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Old Kent Road are a London-based company of hoofers whose vocabulary is developed out of improvisation in response to a jazz accompaniment. The results mean the dancers’ tap shoes become a percussive instrument that create a highly complex jazz melody over the top of their band. Rhythm tap is far more mathematic than the ballroom based jazz tap and musical theatre styles. These performers are musicians as well as dancers. Above all, they are super-cool.