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How She Move -- How She Move is an energetic, gritty and ultimately inspiring coming of age tale about a gifted young woman who defies all the rules as she step dances her heart out to achieve her dreams.
How She Move -- Following her sister's death from drug addiction, a high school student is forced to leave her private school to return to her old, crime-filled neighborhood where she re-kindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of step dancing.
How She Move -- Clip: Let's Go, Let's Go
How She Move -- Behind The Scenes: Doing A Dance Routine With Car Rims
How She Move -- Interview: Rutina Wesley "On Her Character "Raya""


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Following her sister's death from drug addiction, a high school student is forced to leave her private school to return to her old, crime-filled neighborhood where she re-kindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of step dancing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Tre Armstrong ... Michelle (as Tré Armstrong)

Boyd Banks ... Mike Evans

Clé Bennett ... Garvey
Ardon Bess ... Uncle Cecil

Conrad Coates ... David Green

Keyshia Cole ... Herself
Eve Crawford ... Seaton Teacher

DeRay Davis ... Himself

Shawn Fernandez ... Trey (as Shawn Desman)

Nina Dobrev ... Tall Girl in Bathroom

Kevin Duhaney ... E.C.

Brennan Gademans ... Quake
Ingrid Gaynor ... Pam Green

Balford Gordon ... Neighbourhood Guy
Patrick Hayes ... Customer
Malvin Jacobs ... Scrawny Guy
Rogue Johnston ... DJ
Jai Jai Jones ... Lester Johnson
Evelynking Nanatakyi ... Bishop Teen Groupie

Tristan D. Lalla ... Manny

Merwin Mondesir ... Niko Niles
Daniel Morrison ... Wayne

Dwain Murphy ... Bishop

Melanie Nicholls-King ... Faye Green
Vanessa Oryema ... Raya Green (Age 12)

Brian Paul ... Mr. Duncan
Sarah-Jaiyn Ruglass ... Sorority Stepper

Tanisha Scott ... Deandra
Alison Sealy-Smith ... Mrs. Davis
Djanet Sears ... Vice Principal Wilson

Romina D'Ugo ... Selia

Sydney Van Delft ... Short Girl in Bathroom

Rutina Wesley ... Raya Green
Olisa Thompson ... Fem Phatal Dancer
Sarah Francis ... Fem Phatal Dancer
Onika Powell ... Fem Phatal Dancer
Stacyann 'Ponytailz' Simpson ... Fem Phatal Dancer
Latoya Webley ... Fem Phatal Dancer
Shawn Byfield ... 5KO Step Team
Mac Jeffrey Ong ... 5KO Step Team (as Jeffrey Ong)
Chris Andrew Robinson ... 5KO Step Team (as Christopher Andrew Robinson)
Devon Perri ... 5KO Step Team
Kmel Howell ... Kin Dreadz Dancer (as Kejamel 'Kamel' Howell)

Christopher Shazar ... Kin Dreadz Dancer (as Christopher 'War' Martinez)
Jerry 'Flo' Randolph ... Kin Dreadz Dancer (as Jerry 'Flo Master' Randolph)

Rynan 'Rainen' Paguio ... Kin Dreadz Dancer
Dwayne Gulston ... Kin Dreadz Dancer
Seye Charles ... Phi Beta Sigma - Dem Boys Step Team
Ikenna Anyanwu ... Phi Beta Sigma - Dem Boys Step Team
Akwasei Yeboah ... Phi Beta Sigma - Dem Boys Step Team
Anton Vallie ... Phi Beta Sigma - Dem Boys Step Team
Joshua Iajola ... Phi Beta Sigma - Dem Boys Step Team
Quesi Lewis ... Phi Beta Sigma - Dem Boys Step Team
Greggy Amisial ... Phi Beta Sigma - Dem Boys Step Team
Nicole Dominicci ... Lambda Pi Chi Step Team
Maria Morales ... Lambda Pi Chi Step Team
Raquel Mendoza ... Lambda Pi Chi Step Team
Emily Cruz ... Lambda Pi Chi Step Team
Valerie Ruiz ... Lambda Pi Chi Step Team
Andrea Hernandez ... Lambda Pi Chi Step Team
Demek Adams ... Kappa Alpha Pi -The Diamond Step Team
Gordon Fletcher ... Kappa Alpha Pi -The Diamond Step Team
Rictor Craig ... Kappa Alpha Pi -The Diamond Step Team
Raymond Pulliam ... Kappa Alpha Pi -The Diamond Step Team
Qui-Juan Jones ... Kappa Alpha Pi -The Diamond Step Team
Dalontee Edgerson ... Kappa Alpha Pi -The Diamond Step Team
Perry Hollowell ... Kappa Alpha Pi -The Diamond Step Team
Renae Roberts ... Black Ice Step Team
Nicole Lloyd ... Black Ice Step Team
Marie Collins ... Black Ice Step Team
Danielle Bullen ... Black Ice Step Team
Hasina Massop ... Black Ice Step Team
Leslie Williams ... Black Ice Step Team
Dante Corde ... Dancer
Leon Blackwood ... Dancer
Troy Kirby ... Dancer (as Troychae Kirby)
Shawn Fraser ... Dancer
Ms. Prissy ... Dancer - Additional Photography
Earl Wright ... Dancer - Additional Photography
David Carmon ... Dancer - Additional Photography
Donnie 'Crumbs' Counts ... Dancer - Additional Photography (as Donnie Counts)
Dennis McKinley ... Dancer - Additional Photography
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeffery Aro ... 5 Ko Step team (uncredited)
Sara Hassan ... Michelle's Friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Ian Iqbal Rashid 
Writing credits
Annmarie Morais (written by)

Produced by
Brent Barclay .... producer
Colin Brunton .... line producer
Jennifer Kawaja .... producer
Claire Prieto .... co-producer
Julia Sereny .... producer
Claire Welland .... line producer: additional photography
Original Music by
Andrew Lockington 
Cinematography by
André Pienaar 
Film Editing by
Susan Maggi 
Casting by
Kim Coleman 
Stephanie Gorin 
Production Design by
Aidan Leroux 
Art Direction by
Rhonda Moscoe 
Set Decoration by
Liesl Deslauriers 
Costume Design by
Kimberley Ann Rush 
Makeup Department
Julia Carter .... key makeup artist (as Julia nd Carter)
Yasmine Crosdale .... first assistant hair stylist
Yasmeen Jalali .... first assistant makeup artist: additional photography
Marika Latorcai .... key makeup artist: additional photography (as Marika Williams)
Shauna Llewellyn .... first assistant makeup
Kai Marks .... key hair stylist: additional photography
Tony Mastropietro .... first assistant hair stylist: additional photography (as Toni Mastropietro)
Ryan Reed .... hair department head
Rudy Sotomayor .... hair stylist: Keyshia Cole, additional photography
Ursula Stephen .... makeup artist: Keyshia Cole, additional photography
Production Management
Ralph Bertelle .... executive in charge of production
Colin Brunton .... production manager
Gregor Hutchison .... post-production supervisor
Lynda McKenzie .... post-production supervisor
Claire Welland .... unit production manager: additional photography
Douglas Wilkinson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Black .... second assistant director
Neille Brockie .... third assistant director: additional photography
P.J. Diaz .... third assistant director
Jennifer Kiefaber .... trainee assistant director: additional photography
David Manion .... first assistant director
Kira McCord .... trainee assistant director
Eric S. Potechin .... second assistant director: additional photography
Tom Quinn .... first assistant director: additional photography
Greg Sigurdson .... trainee assistant director
Neil Winemaker .... third assistant director
Director X. .... second unit director (as Little X.)
Art Department
Craig Boland .... dresser
Sylvain Bombardier .... first assistant art director
Cynthia Chau .... second assistant art director
Steven Ciancamerla .... set dresser
Paolo Concepcion .... props assistant
Frank Croft .... painter
Patrick Ellard .... construction coordinator
John Galbraith .... key scenic
Matthew Howlett .... set buyer
Sam Hudecki .... art department assistant
Jim Lambie .... set decorator: reshoots
Jason Lunn .... lead set dresser
Steve MacDougal .... lead dresser
Matt Middleton .... first assistant art director
Alan Moy .... head carpenter
Zoran Naumovski .... head painter
Martha Sparrow .... art department
Paul Vernon .... property master: reshoots
Angelique Wagener .... assistant property master: reshoots
Tim Young .... head carpenter
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Roberta Bratti .... sound operations manager
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer
Sue Conley .... dialogue editor
Steve Copley .... foley recording engineer
Erik Culp .... foley recording engineer
Alfie DiPucchio .... adr recording engineer
John Dykstra .... foley recordist
John Elliot .... foley recording engineer
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Christie Friesen .... audio coordinator: technicolor
Paul Germann .... sound effects editor
Jamie Gould .... sound re-recording assistant
Steve Hammond .... foley artist
Martin Gwynn Jones .... first assistant sound editor
Garrett Kerr .... supervising sound editor
Mandy Ley .... re-recording assistant
Craig MacLellan .... adr recording assistant
Nick Marian .... sound assistant
Stephen Marian .... sound recordist
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recording engineer
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
John Naslen .... adr recording engineer
Jason Perreira .... re-recording assistant
Brent Pickett .... first assistant sound editor
Rob Rouse .... boom operator
Dale Sheldrake .... dialogue editor
Lou Solakofski .... sound mixer
Paul Talbott .... adr recording assistant
Jane Tattersall .... sound effects editor
Jane Tattersall .... supervising sound editor
Mark Zsifkovits .... re-recording assistant
Christopher Cleator .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dan Allen .... special effects first assistant
David Antonacci .... special effects technician
Sean Armstrong .... special effects technician
Peter Kovachis .... special effects key
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects coordinator
Ron Shinder .... special effects technician
Gloria Tong .... special effects technician
Sean Wakfer .... special effects technician
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Vincent Rother .... stunt safety
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Abboud .... second assistant camera operator: additional photography
Ian Anderson .... second assistant camera operator: additional photography
Mark Beauchamp .... second assistant camera operator: additional photography
Darren Boyce .... key grip: second unit
Paul Cameron .... grip
Carolyn Cox .... first assistant camera operator: additional photography
Jeff DaSilva .... loader (as Jeff Dasilva)
Federico De Marco .... assistant camera
Dave Derry .... dolly grip
Gabriele DiChiara .... gaffer
Christian Drennan .... key grip
Antony Ellis .... camera operator: "b" camera
Carl Flood .... electrician
Dean Ford .... grip
Sophie Giraud .... still photographer
Mike Gowland .... generator operator
Terry Hooper .... grip
Colin Hoult .... camera operator: additional photography
Joe Howe .... grip
Andy Jekabsons .... camera operator
Joe Jones .... grip
Alex Jordan .... electrician
Sean Jordan .... best boy
Mark Lewandowski .... video playback coordinator
J.P. Locherer .... camera operator: additional photography
Andris Matiss .... camera operator
Lincoln McRae .... grip
Anthony Nocera .... video operator
Anthony Police .... best boy grip
Demetri Portelli .... first assistant camera: additional photography
David Rumley .... assistant camera
Tyler Sellers .... best boy grip
Kerry Smart .... first assistant camera operator: additional photography
Craig Stewart .... dolly grip
Dean Stinchcombe .... assistant camera
Anton Van Rooyen .... camera operator: additional photography
Sarah Warland .... loader
Ian Watson .... still photographer
Mike Yabuta .... dolly grip
Chris Zacharuk .... electrician
Casting Department
Michael T. Burgess .... background casting assistant
Kathleen Howell .... casting associate
Zameret Kleiman .... background casting
Eve Streger .... casting assistant
Karen Williams .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Les Handrahan .... wardrobe truck supervisor
Leslie Kavanagh .... wardrobe set supervisor
Michelle Lyte .... costume buyer
Seannita Parmer .... wardrobe: Keyshia Cole
Nicole Pearson .... costume truck supervisor
Lerelynne Phillips .... assistant costume designer
Pamela Watson .... wardrobe consultant
Editorial Department
Louis Casado .... film timer
Bob Doyle .... assistant editor
Robert Doyle .... assistant editor
Patrick Duchesne .... digital intermediate producer
Jim Fleming .... digital film colorist
Luis Freitas .... assistant editor
Rob Gyorgy .... DI editor
Music Department
Kevin Banks .... music editor
Rob Bertola .... music playback
Bronwen Boyan .... executive music consultant
Steve Cupani .... assistant score recordist
Kellylee Evans .... vocalist
Andrew Franklin .... composer: additional music
Amy Fritz .... music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Amy Fritz .... soundtrack producer
Yuri Gorbachow .... music editor
Blair Holder .... executive music consultant
Stacey Horricks .... associate music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Montell Jordan .... executive music producer: step segments
Ron Searles .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Rick Anglin .... driver
Rosalind Callahan .... driver
Don Chan .... transportation captain
John 'Jack' Coupland .... honeywagon driver
David Di Venanzo .... driver
Michael Drysdale .... picture car driver
Darrell Gibson .... driver
Ralph Graham .... driver
Bill Hong .... driver: insert car
Mark Johnson .... driver
Mary Jozvai .... driver
Alex Laframboise .... driver
Robert MacLean .... driver
Al MacNeil .... unit transportation coordinator
Jerome McCann .... driver
Glen McGugan .... head driver
John McIntyre .... driver
Robert Mitchell .... honey wagon operator
Michael O'Hara .... driver
Chris Radley Walters .... driver
Tim Rivers .... driver
Dave Rowsell .... head driver
Mike Sanci .... honeywagon
Jeff Steinberg .... driver
Jeff Steinberg .... transportation coordinator
David Stetson .... transportation captain
Andres Vosu .... picture vehicle coordinator
Grant Wilkins .... driver
Other crew
John Glen Adams .... production assistant: additional photography
Cynthia Amsden .... associate publicist
Dean Armstrong .... acting coach
Paul Becker .... dance coach: pre-production
Brenda Blake .... lawyer
Derek Brady .... location scout: additional photography
Laurel Bresnahan .... education liaison
Lisa Burling .... script supervisor
Michael Campbell .... assistant location manager
Gianluca Caponegro .... assistant location manager
David Carmon .... dance double
Dante Corde .... assistant choreographer
Elise Cousineau .... assistant to producer
Carlo Denuzzo .... key craft service
Marc DeNuzzo .... key craft service
Stephen J. Donkers .... production assistant: additional photography
Ava DuVernay .... publicity consultant
Kari Fairweather .... assistant to producers
Janice Fowlie .... production accountant
Mary Fraser .... production coordinator: additional photography
Ray Gaffoor .... production assistant
Lisa Ghione .... unit publicist
Debra Gibson .... accountant
Kelly Gilbert .... first assistant accountant (as Kelly Gilbert-Ursacki)
Rebecca Gray .... first assistant accountant
Indira Guha .... business and legal affairs: Telefilm Canada
Doane Hanus .... production assistant: additional photography
Hi-Hat .... choreographer
Richard Hughes .... location manager
Craig Jackson .... assistant location manager
Jacob Jackson .... craft assistant
Troy Kirby .... assistant choreographer
Cassandra Lammerding .... location production assistant
Joseph Matukewicz .... production executive
James Mauro .... assistant to line producer (as Jim Mauro)
Robert Milicevic .... security
Shannon Parks .... production assistant
Alicia Pleasence .... assistant production coordinator
Christine Razmofsky .... third assistant accountant
Kim Roberts .... on-set dialect coach
Heather Ross .... coordinator
Jillian Sabean .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Catherine Sample .... travel coordinator
B.E. Sharp .... key accountant
Barb Slater .... tutor
Chantelle Smith .... office production assistant
Ian Smith .... assistant location manager
Tamsin Smith .... on-set craft service
Geoffrey Smither .... location manager (as Geoff Smither)
Drew Taylor .... location production assistant
Dagny Thompson .... production assistant
Derek Ursacki .... second assistant accountant
Ned Vukovic .... dialect coach
Susan Shipton .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some drug content, suggestive material and language
USA:94 min | Argentina:94 min
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The movie originally had a scene set at the Canadian/U.S. border where the Canadian protagonists cross the border in order to get to the climatic dance contest in Detroit. However, this scene was cut out after a test screening because it confused many people in the test audience who had assumed up to that point that the movie was about American characters doing their thing in the United States.See more »
Continuity: In the final dance scene, the windows in the car disappear and reappear during shots.See more »
Raya Green:It's funny, isn't it? How one moment can change a million after it.See more »
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Genre film made OK by good dance moves and an engaging turn from Wesley, 31 January 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

You know what? I'm staying off the message boards on this one because I'm not looking to get into the debate over why this film is so poorly rated on IMDb. It does confuse me to hear those classing it "worst film ever" discussing it as generic and bland, nothing but a version of countless other films – so why, if it is so bland and generic is it in the IMDb bottom 100 at the time of writing? I'll let others say "racism" because I don't think it is that – although I do think that it is perhaps a cultural thing. I've never really understood the whole idea of "krunking" or "stepping" or whatever it is called (whenever us white people know a slang word it immediately changes!) and would struggle not to feel silly if I was to do it. However I do love the b-boy stuff and breaking and there is a fine line between them.

Why this culture of impressive dance moves and physical discipline is mocked by the mainstream while cheerleading is seen as an All-American experience I'm not sure – again I'll leave it to the boards to debate whether it is racism or just a cultural thing but it is odd that this film is rather lower than things similar. I say this because I do not see a massively poor film – and trust me, I have seen some massively poor films in my time and I do not see how IMDb users can rate this lower than the significantly worse "You Got Served". Now don't get me wrong because I'm not building myself up to a gushing review full of praise, because this film is not brilliant – it is just not anywhere near as bad as people say, in fact it is OK.

The plot is fairly straightforward and generic but it benefits from having a lead character that I cared about in Raya. Her situation is obvious and I won't defend the sweep of the film because it does tread a genre path but it is made better by several things. First and foremost the dance routines are very good. They are not the hyper-edited promo pieces of You Got Served but are presented in small clubs, bare stages and with a clean approach from camera that allows us to see what is happening. I'm not sure why they cannot be appreciated for what they are but I really enjoyed them and found myself exclaiming "wow" involuntarily several times towards the end. OK visually the rest of the film is quite basic, this comes with the budget and it is not "ugly" so much as it is more television standard than cinema.

The second selling point is Wesley's turn as Raya. Here we have an actress and a character who is not really the best choice if you are making a genre film. She is smart, doesn't talk street and, to be frank, is very dark skinned. Put it another way – she is not the person I would want to be marketing the film off the back of. However what she can do is emote convincingly and I found her acting chops to be just as good as her moves (which are good). She is charismatic and engaging and she covers for the many clichés surrounding her. Armstrong isn't as good nor did I need Davis and Cole turning up as themselves but these are the type of things that make the film "OK" rather than good.

How She Move is not Citizen Kane but it is not the worst film ever made either. Yes it is a genre film and it is weaker than I would like in regards plot and writing but it is still an OK film. The dance moves are impressive and well delivered and Wesley emotes well in delivering a believable and sympathetic character, which made all the difference to me.

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