A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.
Sara wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of the few White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later, falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek.Written by
During Derek and Sarah's first dance practice in the school cafeteria, the entire scene was completely improvised, specifically by Sean Patrick Thomas as the cameras caught him muttering instructions to Julia Stiles, even though she already knew how to dance. See more »
During the ballet lessons, the class is dancing. Although you hear the teacher saying exactly which movements the students should make, you do not see her lips move at all. The given instructions are synced with the visuals. See more »
So was that a good night as in, "I'll bust a cap in your ass if you ever darken my doorstep again"?
No! No, I would never - um, bust a cap in your ass.
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The DVD features four deleted scenes:
Record Store: A scene after the first night at Steps. Snook tries to talk a girl and gets shot down. He gives Derek the last copy of a CD. Sara shops for some hip-hop CDs and flirts with Derek.
Jazz Club: Sara goes to see her father play.
Chenille's Apartment: Kenny and Chenille argue about their son and talk about their relationship before the baby.
This movie does what few movies over the past year or so have been able to do. It takes you to a place which actually exists and it takes real issues head on. Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas give real performances they do not come off as "cardboard" characters but as real human beings. The plot was simple enough to be good, it didn't require you having a past knowledge of the world of dance but yet didn't rule you out if you weren't black with a bunch of "black talk". This movie talks to teens. We are able to understand the pressures that surround us, the music we listen to, and just our world. Sure, you have your typical characters but what movie doesn't. Go see the film and then make up your mind. It is one of my favourite new films for the past few years.
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