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(2006)

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  • After vandalizing the stage at the Baltimore Maryland School of the Arts, street dancer Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) is sentenced to 200 hours of community service at the school. At first, Tyler merely helps the janitor clean up messes, but he is later spotted dancing in the parking lot by ballet dancer Nora Clark (Jenna Dewan Tatum). When Andrew (Tim Lacatena), Nora's partner in the Senior Showcase, sprains his ankle, Tyler offers to rehearse with her. Through dancing with and getting to know Nora, Tyler gains a new outlook on life and tries to enroll in the school as a student. Then Andrew returns to take his place in the Showcase, and it looks like all of Tyler's plans will go up in smoke.

  • Step Up is based on a screenplay by American screenwriters Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg. It is followed by four sequels: Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) (2008), Step Up 3D (2010) (2010), Step Up Revolution (2012) (2012), and Step Up All In (2014) (2014).

  • When Andrew leaves Nora partner-less, she reworks the routine as a solo. However, just before the Senior Showcase is about to begin, Tyler shows up and offers to dance with her. At first hesitant, Nora finally agrees, and they go back to the routine they practiced together. With Miles (Mario) directing the orchestra, they deliver a spectacular performance, receiving a standing ovation. Nora gets offered a position in a dance company. When the talent scout asks Principal Gordon (Rachel Griffiths) about the male lead, she replies that Tyler is a transfer student, then whispers quietly to Tyler, "Don't forget to send me your transcripts." In the final scene, Nora and Tyler kiss, and Nora reminds him that he's going to have to get some tights.

  • Opening credits: "Show Me the Money" performed by Petey Pablo ...Party scene: "Ain't Cha" by Clipse ...Tyler dances at party: "Get It" by T.I. ...Tyler listens to music in his room: "Feelin" Myself' by Dolla ...Tyler on his balcony: "Violette" by Kathleen Crees ...Female chorus sings in hallway: "Maidens of the Grove" by Gia Farrell, Jeanette Ortega, Robyn Norris, and Blaire Reinhard ...Male violinists in hallway: "Canon in D" by Nuttin But Stringz ...Tyler dances in parking lot: "The Choice is Yours Revisited" by Black Sheep ...Tyler and the guys play basketball: "Little Dap" by Mark Ronson ...Principal Gordon looks in on student practicing: "Shilo's Piano" by Shilo Monaco ...Tyler cleans: "Cleaning Song" by Ron Feemster ...Nora auditions dancers: "Love Life" by Fatboy Slim featuring Macy Gray ...Nora rehearses alone: "Crazy Strings" by Chris N. Drop ...Tyler and Mac go to Omar's: 'Pushin'' by C. Ride ...Lucy and Nora talk: "Say Goodbye" by Chris Brown ...Nora and Tyler practice: "Step Up" by Samantha Jade ...Brett records his song in the studio: "Philosophy" by Josh Henderson and Ben Davis ...Group rehearsal: (1) "Tonight" by Kwame Holland, and (2) "I'mma Shine" by Youngbloodz ...Nora and Tyler practice outside: "U Must Be" by Gina RenĂ© ...Performance in the club: (1) "Made" by Jamie Scott, and (2) "Til Dawn" by Drew Sidora ...Tyler and Nora talk in the club: "(When You Gonna) Give it Up to Me" by Sean Paul featuring Keyshia Cole ...Miles and Lucy/Tyler and Nora talk: "For the Love" by Drew Sidora featuring Mario ...Tyler and Camille dance outside: "'80s Joint" by Kelis ...Nora and Tyler dance, kiss, and hug: "Damn" by Novel ...Tyler drops out of the Showcase: "Dear Life" by Anthony Hamilton ...Omar's party: (1) "Toma" by Pitbull featuring Lil Jon, (2) "What Up!" by Rhymefest, and (3) "Attention Please" by Alias ...Skinny gets shot: "I'mma Shine" by Youngbloodz ...Ballet dancer performs: "Swan Lake Waltz" by Tchaikovsky ...Instrumental Showcase song: ''Bout It' by Yung Joc End credits: "Get Up" by Ciara featuring Chamillonaire

  • There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of dance movies, ranging from ballet to ballroom dancing to hip hop. Some of the more highly recommended movies among those who enjoyed Step Up include West Side Story (1961) (1961), Flashdance (1983) (1963), Cabaret (1972) (1972), Saturday Night Fever (1977) (1977), Grease (1978) (1978), All That Jazz (1979) (1979), Fame (1980) (1980), Staying Alive (1983) (1983), Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) (1985), A Chorus Line (1985) (1985), Dirty Dancing (1987) (1987), Dance with Me (1998) (1998), Bring It On (2000) (2000), Moulin Rouge! (2001) (2001), Chicago (2002) (2002), Honey (2003) (2003), You Got Served (2004) (2004), Take the Lead (2006) (2006), Stomp the Yard (2007) (2007), and Hairspray (2007) (2007). If it was the ballet aspects of Step Up that caught your eye, consider The Red Shoes (1948) (1948), The Turning Point (1977) (1977), White Nights (1985) (1985), Dancers (1987) (1987), Center Stage (2000) (2000), Billy Elliot (2000) (2000), The Company (2003) (2003), Save the Last Dance 2 (2006) (2006), and Black Swan (2010) (2010). If it's just plain old Hollywood dancing that you enjoy, you can't go wrong with any movie featuring Fred Astaire, such as Top Hat (1935) (1935), Shall We Dance (1937) (1937), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) (1949), and The Band Wagon (1953) (1953) or anything with Gene Kelly, such as On the Town (1949) (1949), An American in Paris (1951) (1951), and Singin' in the Rain (1952) (1952). For skate dancing, Roll Bounce (2005) (2005) may be of interest. For period pieces, Swing Kids (1993) (1993) may be of interest. Further along the lines of adopted jazz, there is La La Land (2016) (2016).

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