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Stepping High (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 June 2013 (USA)
STEPPING OUT Sima, while stunningly beautiful, has failed to fulfill her dreams as a professional dancer. She is on the wrong side of thirty, being aged out, and is forced to take a job as ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Principal Hilda
Ryan Ramirez ...
Paulina Pulido ...
Donte Essien ...
Brandon Beltran ...
Lindsay Warner ...
Darrion Gallegos ...
Jack Brand ...
Pastor Wright


STEPPING OUT Sima, while stunningly beautiful, has failed to fulfill her dreams as a professional dancer. She is on the wrong side of thirty, being aged out, and is forced to take a job as a teacher at a conservative local high school. Much to her surprise, it sparks the choreographer in her-a talent she has been nurturing in private not only to battle her self-doubt and depression but to create a new and unique fusion of belly and ballroom styles. As one who throws her heart and soul into everything she does, her life inevitably entwines with those of her students, a diverse group of teens, both in the classroom and outside it. Sima becomes re-energized. She opens the kids' eyes and minds to dance as a powerful tool for social change. Not everyone likes her progressive ideas. When she introduces them to her belly-ballroom style, tensions escalate. Race, class, culture, teen romance, Sima's personal failures in her relationship with her parents and her boyfriend, all of which has been... Written by Sreescanda

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Every dream begins with a single step.




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$800,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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I loved this movie !
8 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

It even almost made me cry by the end. I had actual tears forming in my eyes which i had to hold back. It's inspiring and has idealistic morals and values. I loved the dancing and how much i learned from dance history and different types of dance and also the fact that it is mixed with the Persian language and ways of doing or thinking. These issues are real in some families therefore they are treated here with honesty. The above opinion seems to me boasted and exaggerated criticism. It seems to me people here are used to watching movies only through American glasses. They expect all movies to be the same. And most Americans have no clue of what really goes on within the families in the clashing cultures of this "melting pot" unless they happen to be dating or dealing with this specific community or different communities. The acting and directing was on point otherwise i would have lost attention and would not have given it my time. But i watched it till the end because it is gripping. This movie has the feel of a musical but it makes fun of boxed way of thinking which is pretty engraved in this culture exactly because of other movies, and how subjects are treated. Some competitive mainstream remarks that make kids nowadays, and not only kids, come of ditsy without even understanding where is their problem. Maybe the priest did overreact and it has an out of touch level of reality yet it is a dance movie therefore may come off a bit as a musical sort of acting, as if doing ballet. Nevertheless it hits interesting existing points that may not be expressed out-loud by educated individuals but yet whispered among people.

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