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Stomp the Yard (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 12 January 2007 (USA)
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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


A kid from the streets. A team with some heat. 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?


The scene in which Duron tags a billboard to read "The future is ours" is a reference to a scene in the 1995 French film "La Haine." See more »


In the first scene where DJ 'bumps' into April on the lawnmower, the lanyard from his hat goes from wrapping around on the front of the hat, to the back, and then back to the front. See more »


Rich Brown: Can I ask a stupid question?
Sylvester: Better than anyone I know
Rich Brown: I just wanted to know why we're steppin in an empty pool.
Sylvester: Well, it was so we could keep our moves a secret.But who would want them?
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Referenced in Daddy's Home (2015) See more »


Written by Mr. Collipark (as M. Crooms), D. Roc (as D. Holmes), Kaine (as E. Jackson),
P. Scott, Pitbull (as A. Perez), George Kranz (as G. Kranz)
Performed by Ying Yang Twins featuring Pitbull
Published by Collipark Music/EMI Blackwood, EWC Publishing/EMI Blackwood, Da Crippler Publishing/EMI Blackwood/PHMI Publishing/Marimbero Music/Budde Music,
Courtesy of TVT Records
Contains a sample of "Din Daa Daa"
Written by George Kranz
Published by My Budde Music, Inc.
Performed by George Kranz
Courtesy of Budde Music Inc.
Pitbull appears courtesy of TVT Records
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Don't take things so seriously, this was a fun movie
21 January 2007 | by ankurd21See all my reviews

I walked into this movie knowing nothing about it other than that ridiculous line from the previews in which Sway is yelling, "I've never seen stepping like this before!" But I knew better than to take it seriously. Of course this wasn't a great movie in the sense of being a work of art. It didn't break any new ground thematically, cinematically, or culturally. But let's be honest, it had no such intentions. This movie was designed to be watched purely for entertainment value. And in that respect, it was successful.

A large part of the movie's appeal probably just came from laughing at the particularly inane moments - "TNT is the most powerful explosive known to man!" - but let's not kid ourselves, the creators meant for things to be this way. And give credit where due - the dance scenes are definitely impressive at points. So while this movie undoubtedly deserves its poor reviews, I frankly had a lot of fun watching it. So if you go in with the right expectations, this can be an enjoyable movie. And please, don't be so sensitive that you get offended by the "perpetuation of African American stereotypes." Just get over it.

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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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