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Dianne Houston (written by)
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7 April 2006 (USA) See more »
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Never Follow.
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The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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A Motivational/Inspirational Film See more (129 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Antonio Banderas ... Pierre Dulaine

Rob Brown ... Rock

Yaya DaCosta ... LaRhette

Alfre Woodard ... Augustine James

John Ortiz ... Mr. Temple

Laura Benanti ... Tina

Jonathan Malen ... Kurd

Jasika Nicole ... Egypt
Shawand McKenzie ... Big Girl

Dante Basco ... Ramos

Elijah Kelley ... Danjou

Jenna Dewan Tatum ... Sasha (as Jenna Dewan)

Marcus T. Paulk ... Eddie
Brandon D. Andrews ... Monster

Lauren Collins ... Caitlin
Katya Virshilas ... Morgan
Alison Sealy-Smith ... Rock's Mom
Phillip Jarrett ... Rock's Dad

Jo Chim ... Gretchen
Volodymyr Vynogradsky ... Travis (as Volodymyr Vynogradskyy)

Kevin Hanchard ... Woodley
Joseph Pierre ... Trey

Lyriq Bent ... Easy
Heidi von Palleske ... Laura

Darren Marsman ... Taxi Driver
Kofi Payton ... Street Kid

Sharron Matthews ... Ms. Rosemead

Frank Spadone ... Supervisor

Yvonne Myers ... LaRhette's Mother
Tony Craig ... Security Guard
Ardon Bess ... Smitty
Quancetia Hamilton ... Parent
Alan John Armsby ... Emcee

Natalli Reznik ... Rude Dancer
Daniel Guajardo ... Rude Dancer's Partner
Anna Rosh ... Pierre's Partner (as Anna Dimitrie Melamed)
Piotre Derus ... Caitlin's Partner
Reuben Thompson ... Security Guard
Ocean L'Ecuyer-Prytula ... Academy Dancer
Brianna Nagy ... Academy Dancer
Anthony Berardocco ... Academy Dancer
Liliana Berardocco ... Academy Dancer
Dimitry Ilyushenov ... Academy Dancer
Kamil Studenny ... Academy Dancer
Katya Fadeeva ... Academy Dancer
Zoia Petrossian ... Academy Dancer
Jarek Piwowarczyk ... Academy Dancer
Valentin Mirosh ... Academy Dancer
Katya Kerro ... Academy Dancer
Ron Levitt ... Academy Dancer
Soupy Souphommanychanh ... Detention Kid

Laura Ricketts ... Detention Kid
Darryl Reyes ... Detention Kid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Philip Adkins ... Teenager on Corner (uncredited)

Kara Duncan ... Academy Dancer (uncredited)
Marc Gagne ... Man in Street (extra) (uncredited)

Directed by
Liz Friedlander 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Dianne Houston (written by)

Produced by
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Christopher Godsick .... producer
Michelle Grace .... producer
Mathew Hart .... executive producer
Mark Kaufman .... executive producer
Ray Liotta .... executive producer
Matt Moore .... executive producer
Diane Nabatoff .... producer
 
Original Music by
Swizz Beatz 
Aaron Zigman 
 
Cinematography by
Alex Nepomniaschy 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Ivison 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Paul D. Austerberry 
 
Art Direction by
Nigel Churcher 
 
Set Decoration by
Gordon Sim 
 
Costume Design by
Melissa Toth 
 
Makeup Department
Qodi Armstrong .... key hair stylist: New York
Veronica Ciandre .... key hair stylist
Sarah Craig .... makeup artist
Brian Hui .... assistant makeup artist
Kelly Kavanagh .... makeup artist
Patricia Keighran .... key makeup artist
Fina Khan .... second assistant hair stylist
Edelgard K. Pfluegl .... second assistant makeup artist (as Edelgard Pfluegl)
Kelly Shanks .... first assistant hair stylist
Nena Smarz .... hair stylist: Mr. Banderas
Nena Smarz .... makeup artist: Mr. Banderas
 
Production Management
Erik Holmberg .... executive in charge of production
Armand Leo .... unit production manager
Cecilia Kate Roque .... unit production manager: New York (as Cecilia Roque)
Frank Salvino .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Bocknek .... third assistant director (as Adam 'Bucky' Bocknek)
David Catalano .... second second assistant director: New York
Penny Charter .... second assistant director
Tyler Delben .... third assistant director (as E. Tyler Delben)
Taylor Flook .... trainee assistant director
Walter Gasparovic .... first assistant director
Jude Gorjanc .... first assistant director: New York
Kenyon Noble .... second assistant director: New York
Elizabeth Parker .... third assistant director (as Elizabeth 'Duff' Parker)
 
Art Department
Tamara Andrews .... scenic painter
Tory Bellingham .... assistant property master
Martin Bernstein .... construction coordinator: New York
Rob Bonney .... head carpenter
J. Tracy Budd .... lead swing
Terry Davidson .... on-set carpenter
Dan DeTitta .... set decorator: New York
Paul Dolgov .... painter
Miro Dziwik .... lead painter
David Evans .... on-set dresser
Ann-Marie Ferney-Tellez .... props buyer (as Anne-Marie Ferney-Tellez)
Kevin Forstner .... assistant head carpenter
Sarah Frank .... art director: New York
Jeffrey L. Glave .... charge scenic: New York (as Jeff Glave)
James Halpenny .... construction coordinator
Adrian Hardy .... set dresser
Jennifer Heimpel .... second assistant art director
Hubert Hsu .... art department production assistant
Kevin Hughes .... second assistant head carpenter
Mayumi Konishi-Valentine .... first assistant art director (as Mayumi Konishi)
Matthew Lammerich .... key scenic artist
Erin Leslie .... scenic artist
Scott Lyons .... first assistant art director (as D. Scott Lyons)
Scott Lyons .... graphic artist (as D. Scott Lyons)
John Mainwaring .... set dresser
Vinny Mazzarella .... property master
H. Nancy Pak .... art department coordinator
Jeff Poulis .... property master (as Jeffrey W. Poulis)
Jamie Pounder .... assistant lead painter
Marlene Rain .... art department buyer
Wendie Saltarski .... construction auditor
Ken Samaroo .... stand-by painter (as Kenneth Samaroo)
Bruce Schluter .... graphic designer
Jeremy Simser .... storyboard artist
Keith Sly .... leadman
Alex Tellnow .... model shop foreman
Jason Detheridge .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jo Caron .... foley mixer
Gordon Chacra .... boom operator
Paula Fairfield .... sound effects editor
Michael Ferdie .... adr editor
Michael Ferdie .... dialogue editor
Guy Francoeur .... foley artist
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer (as Alan Friedman)
David Grant .... dialogue editor (as David A. Grant)
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Adam Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recordist
Carla Murray .... sound effects editor
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Todd Niesen .... dialogue editor
Santiago Recio .... adr recordist
John Ross .... re-recording mixer
John Ross .... supervising sound editor
Robert Scherer .... sound mixer (as Robert F. Scherer)
Walter Spencer .... adr supervisor
Walter Spencer .... dialogue supervisor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Mathew Waters .... sound effects editor
Dorian Williamson .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Tony Kenny .... special effects foreman
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects coordinator
Dean Stewart .... special effects administrator
 
Visual Effects by
Cindy Bond .... visual effects associate producer: Pacific Title
Kiley Bond .... compositor: Pacific Title
John Campuzano .... digital optical coordinator: Pacific Title
Ozzie Carmona .... compositor: Pacific Title
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist
Chris Flynn .... compositor: Pacific Title
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
David Geoghegan .... compositor: Pacific Title
Maureen Healy .... compositor: Pacific Title
Lisa Markou .... visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title (as Lisa Marko)
Matt Melis .... compositor: Pacific Title (as Matthew Melis)
James Rim .... compositor: Pacific Title
Matt Seckman .... compositor: Pacific Title
Rick Sparr .... visual effects producer: Pacific Title
Antonio Torres .... digital artist: Pacific Title
Bob Wiatr .... lead compositor: Pacific Title
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Matt Birman .... stunt driver
Shelley Cook .... stunt double
Efosa Otuomagie .... stunt double: Rock (as Efo Otuomagie)
Derrek Peels .... stunt double: Easy
John Stoneham Jr. .... fight coordinator
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adamson .... grip (as John R. Adamson)
Diana Alvarez .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, New York
Jonathan Billings .... rigging key grip (as Jon Billings)
Brendan Bresnahan .... video assist operator
Deanna Cadette .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Deanna Ivy Cadette)
Jayson Clute .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Sean Dawes .... best boy rigging electric
Renato Di Giuseppe .... camera operator: second unit
Renato Di Giuseppe .... director of photography: second unit
Ray Dumas .... Steadicam operator: second unit
William Engel .... grip
Sophie Giraud .... daily still photographer
Lee Guenette .... best boy electric
Welles Hackett .... director of photography: New York
Jason Harvey .... camera operator: New York
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Marcel Janisse .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Robert Johnson .... key grip
Mark Lewandowski .... video playback operator
Marc Lougheed .... assistant camera
Adam McDonald .... grip
Tim Merkel .... Steadicam operator
Tim Merkel .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alan Millar .... electrician
Jim Nolan .... best boy grip: New York
Marcus Paletta .... grip
Emily Patterson .... camera loader
Jeff Petro .... technician: Pictrovision XR
Danny Piva .... electrician
Marc Purdy .... best boy grip
Graeme Rivers .... lighting board operator
Dave Samuel .... gaffer: New York (as Dave Samuels)
Ronald Schlueter .... video assistant: splinter unit
John Schwartz .... first assistant camera: second unit
Sean Sheridan .... best boy electric: New York (as Shaun Sheridan)
Owen Smith .... dolly grip
Paul Spaven .... rigging gaffer
Kurt Swatz .... key grip: New York
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator
Franco Tata .... chief lighting technician
Tom Taylor .... electrician
Frank Teunissen .... rigging grip best boy
Mark Willis .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ian C. Harris .... rigging electrician: daily (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lisa Baylin .... casting assistant
Kim Coleman .... casting associate
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada (as Robin Cook)
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Brad Gerstl .... extras casting coordinator
Stephanie Gorin .... casting: Canada
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Kathleen Howell .... casting assistant
Caitlin McKenna .... adr voice casting
Eve Streger .... casting assistant
Aaron Unrau .... extras casting assistant
Candice Vernon .... extras casting associate
Karen Williams-Posival .... casting assistant (as Karen Williams)
Leeba Zakharov .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ciara Brennan .... costumer: Antonio Banderas
Natalie Bronfman .... costume buyer
Cori Burchell .... assistant costume designer: Toronto
Kim Child .... costume supervisor
Maureen Curtin .... extras costume supervisor (as Maureen J. Curtin)
Isabel De Biasio .... costume set supervisor
Natalie Gysel .... costume buyer (as Nathalie Gysel)
Leah Katznelson .... assistant costume designer: New York
Trelawnie Mead .... assistant costume set supervisor
Diana Pappas .... costume production assistant: New York
 
Editorial Department
Toni Allen .... negative cutter
Dylan Carter .... on-line editor
Rick Downey .... negative cutter
Majda Drinnan .... apprentice editor
David Feldman .... digital intermediate producer: Company 3
Gary Fluxgold .... first assistant editor: Toronto
Ally Garrett .... assistant editor: Los Angeles (as Allyson Garrett)
Dave Hussey .... colorist
Chris Jackson .... first assistant editor
Jackie Lee .... digital intermediate producer: Company 3
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
Jim Passon .... color timer
Nicole Sears .... post-production assistant: Los Angeles
Jeff Stroot .... international editor
Salvatore Catanzaro .... assistant on-line editor (uncredited)
Ian Turpen .... digital intermediate scanner: Company 3 (uncredited)
 
Location Management
John Blacker .... assistant location manager
Marco Di Flaviano .... location production assistant
Richard Hughes .... location manager
Dino Mangos .... location production assistant
John Mendes .... assistant location manager
Ralph Pellegrini .... location assistant: New York
John Rakich .... location scout
Daniel Strol .... location manager: New York
 
Music Department
Rob Bertola .... music playback: ProTools
Bob Boykin .... musician
Paul Broucek .... executive in charge of music: New Line
Stephen Coleman .... music arranger: songs
Jessica Dolinger .... music clearances
Josh Evans .... assistant score engineer
Christy Gerhart .... music coordinator
Bonnie Greenberg .... executive music producer
Simon James .... music contractor
Michael Jay .... additional music editor
Kory Kruckenberg .... scoring assistant engineer
Mateo Laboriel .... electronic music programmer
Ernest Lee .... music recording engineer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner .... music clearances
Jeffrey Potokar .... music editor
Robert Puff .... additional music preparer
Satnam Ramgotra .... musician: percussion
Angie Rubin .... supervising music editor
David Sabee .... music contractor
Erin Scully .... music executive
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs executive
Michael Stern .... music scoring mixer
Michael Stern .... music scoring recordist
Eric Vargas .... music scoring mixer (as Eric 'Erik' Vargas)
Eric Vargas .... music scoring recordist (as Eric 'Erik' Vargas)
Jesse Voccia .... composer: electronic music
Jesse Voccia .... electronic music programmer (as Jessie Voccia)
John F.X. Walsh .... music business affairs executive
Aaron Zigman .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
G. Baxter .... driver
James Beaudrow .... transportation captain
Jeff Blake .... driver
John Brunt .... driver
Whitney Byron .... driver
Dave Cotton .... driver
Lowell Greenspoon .... picture vehicle coordinator
Dana Howes .... transportation coordinator
Glenn Hughes .... picture car captain
Wayne Ireland .... transportation co-captain
Michael K. Jones .... driver: Antonio Banderas
Shaun Magee .... driver: honeywagon
Don Morley .... driver (as Donald B. Morley)
John Muir .... driver
Reg Reynolds .... driver: honeywagon
Jean Ritchie .... driver
Brian Travers .... driver
 
Other crew
Craig Alexander .... business affairs executive: Baker Street Media Finance
Mikhael Antone .... production coordinator: New York
Samantha Armstrong .... script supervisor
Lynell Bangs .... production accountant
Allison Barber .... publicity intern
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances Inc.
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer
Stephanie Lee Berger .... weapons handler
Kevin Berman .... consultant
Judy Blinick .... post-production accountant
Kate Bogle .... production assistant: New York
Laurel Bresnahan .... education liaison
Laurie Cartwright .... risk management
Jas Chima .... assistant: Ms. Friedlander, Toronto
David M. Chisholm .... assistant production coordinator
Rick Coffee .... first assistant accountant
Connie Contardi .... production office assistant
Christopher Corona .... production assistant
Hakan Coskuner .... stand-in: Mr. Banderas
Jon Davidson .... production controller: Canada
Terri Dean .... assistant craft service
Tina Dean .... assistant craft service
Dianne Doyle .... set medic
Leon Dudevoir .... production executive
Pierre Dulaine .... dance consultant
Ava DuVernay .... promotional services
Jeff Egan .... production safety
Laurie Farrance .... studio teacher
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Maya Goodwin .... looping group
Jeanette Hill-Yonis .... production attorney
JoAnn Fregalette Jansen .... choreographer (as JoAnn Jansen)
Ronan Keane .... third assistant accountant
Kyle Limkilde .... stand-in: Jonathan Malen
Giovanni Lopes .... adr loop group
Vair Macphee .... production coordinator (as Vair MacPhee)
Chemagne Martin .... stand- in
Ginny Martino .... contract administrator
Roy McKay .... stand-in
Anthony McKeon .... security officer
Trelawnie Mead .... truck supervisor
Tony Meredith .... dance coach
Ryan Miningham .... assistant: New Line Cinema
Althea Morgan-Taylor .... stand-in (as Althea Taylor)
Natan Moss .... assistant: Ms. Friedlander, Los Angeles
Mark Nicholson .... assistant: Ms. Nabatoff
Shannon Nowak .... stand-in
Jules Pereira .... production secretary (as Julie Pereira)
Tracey Phillips .... second assistant accountant
George Ploszczansky .... security advisor
Yolanda J. Polonio .... assistant: Mr. Banderas (as Yolanda Polonio)
Paul Prokop .... executive in charge of finance
Joshua Ravetch .... production resources
Knickoy Robinson .... stand-in
Julianna Selfridge .... risk management (as Juliana Selfridge)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances Inc.
Michelle K. Smith .... production secretary (as Michelle Smith)
Sue Sparling .... payroll accountant
Jay Steckel .... production assistant
Joe Steele .... production resources
Erik Sudmals .... first assistant accountant
Anthony Talauega .... choreographer: hip hop (as Tone Talauega)
Richmond Talauega .... choreographer: hip hop (as Rich Talauega)
Jesse Thompkins III .... office production assistant
Sarah Turner .... production office assistant
Karen Tyrell .... unit publicist
Allen Walls .... assistant choreographer
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and some violence
Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Antonio Banderas and Laura Benanti, who both star in this film together, were previously on Broadway together in the 2003 Revival of Nine the Musical. Banderas received a Tony Award nomination for his role in this production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the tango scene of Pierre and Morgan, Pierre his shirt is tucked into his pants, when he says positions please and he walks aside everybody lined up, the shirt is over his pants.See more »
Quotes:
Caitlin:Mr.Dulaine? Morgan says the kids you teach up town are a bunch of no-talent losers.
Pierre Dulaine:You cannot always believe what Morgan says.
Caitlin:I would really like to join them.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Studio C: Episode #2.10" (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Back To SeabrookSee more »

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67 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
A Motivational/Inspirational Film, 31 March 2006
Author: agobey from Canada

Attended a premiere of the film yesterday without knowing anything about it, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Along the lines of similar films regarding inner city schools and the use of fine arts to motivate students, this film chooses dance as its educational medium. It provides a realistic examination of true life in the New York public school system, and of New York City in general...no "Sex and the City" or "Friends" glamor here. I applaud this film for its casting of Antonio Banderas as the teacher who really cares for his student's lives in a world of despair. He does a great job conveying the inner struggle of a person who yearns to offer their help despite limited resources and support. Meanwhile, the students that make up his class are relative unknowns, but all are fantastic dancers with acting skills to match.

Even if you are not a fan of either Hip Hop/Rap or Ballroom/Jazz/Ballroom styles of music and dance, this film will have your foot tapping and imagination wandering..."maybe after some lessons, I could dance like that". Both worlds are depicted with accuracy and realism, allowing followers of either genre to spy on the other.

For parents looking for the suitability of this film for their children, I would say the minimum age should be 13-ish. Other than the odd curse word or gun play, there is not much else to worry about. The benefits and moral lessons taught by this movie far outweigh the negative aspects.

If you've ever secretly wanted to join a dance class, this film will (hopefully) push you past your fears and have you dancing in no time.

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