When his brother is murdered, a street dancer moves to Georgia to work his way through college. He joins a fraternity's step dancing team for a competition. Will he also get an education and the girl?


Sylvain White


Robert Adetuyi (screenplay), Gregory Ramon Anderson (earlier screenplay) (as Gregory Anderson)
9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Columbus Short ... DJ
Meagan Good ... April
Ne-Yo ... Rich Brown
Darrin Dewitt Henson ... Grant (as Darrin Henson)
Brian White ... Sylvester
Laz Alonso ... Zeke
Valarie Pettiford ... Jackie
Jermaine Williams ... Noel
Allan Louis ... Dr. Palmer
Harry Lennix ... Nate
Chris Brown ... Duron
Oliver Ryan Best Oliver Ryan Best ... Easy
Duain Richmond ... Mark (as Richmond Duain Martyn)
Justin Hires ... Byron
Sahr Ngaujah ... Harold


After the death of his brother, an expert street dancer goes to Georgia to attend Truth University. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he joins in his fraternity's effort to win a step dancing competition. Written by Somone.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He will challenge their traditions. Their traditions will change his life. See more »


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Columbus Short and Chris Brown also star together as brothers in 'This Christmas'. See more »


When DJ nearly runs April over with the lawnmower she removes an ear-bud from her right ear to hear him over her iPod. Depending on the angle she'll either have both, one, or none of the ear-buds in. See more »


DJ: I done already schooled you once homeboy, how many lesson you wanna learn?
Grant: Oh so you think you funny nigga?
DJ: No... but she clearly does.
April: What? No, Grant let's just go.
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Written by Al Kapone (as Alphonzo Bailey), Corry Rayford
Performed by Al Kapone aka Kapeezy
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc., Flippin' Dope Muzik (BMI)
Courtesy of Alkatraz Productions
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stomping the yard
15 March 2007 | by abisimon92808See all my reviews

The film open s with the first of its cinematic dance battles, in unbashed music video style, as headstrong DJ and his crew take on some sore losers in an underground LA club. After a tragedy as predictable as gravity, will he ever dance again" Yes. he will. There's a whole lotta dancin in this movie. DJ ends up at a very clean university in Atlanta, where his movies land him in the midst of a deadly serious step dancing rivalry between two fraternities. it's hard no to laugh when the tough guy dancers appear offended by their opponents choreography. It's harder to figure out why anyone wins except that it forwards the shopworn plot. With Columbus short and Meagan good.

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Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steppin' See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,833,312, 14 January 2007

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rainforest Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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