Cupid Shufflin’ in the Rain
If you live in New York City, you may recall the buzz from two summers ago as over 200 ballerinas, led by American Ballet Theatre’s Michelle Wiles, gathered in Central Park and set the record for Most Ballerinas on Pointe at One Time.
Tomorrow, students at The University of Pittsburgh will take their shot at a dance world record in honor of Gene Kelly’s 100th birthday. As part of freshman orientation, students at Kelly’s alma mater will pay homage to Singin’ in the Rain as they attempt to set the record for—get this—Greatest Number of People Simultaneously Performing an Umbrella Dance at a Single Venue!
Organizers were forced to stray from the movie’s original choreography, presumably because there aren’t thousands of lamp posts available for dancers to swing around. Students will instead perform the Cupid Shuffle, a far cry from Kelly’s style, but after all it’s the umbrellas that count—literally. They’ll need more than 1,461 brella-bearing shufflers to break the (believe it or not) current record for Greatest Number of People Simultaneously Performing an Umbrella Dance at a Single Venue, set just over a year ago in Romania. Good luck, dancers!