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 ...
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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
When you think of it, there are only a few major plot lines, it's how the movie comes together that makes a difference. Yes, this is about over-coming adversity, cultural differences etc. but I found it enjoyable. For me, the best surprise was a dance movie casting in the lead someone who can REALLY dance! Often, it's an actor who can fake it a bit, then they use editing or body doubles. The lead actress in this movies is both a terrific dancer, in many styles, but also a wonderful actress. If you are a dancer trying to watch a dance movie with terrible dancing, it takes away of the enjoyment of watching it.
Unfortunately, the actors who portray the students fit the category of dancers who try to act, some with better results than others. That was bothersome, but I was willing to over-look that as the rest of the cast was strong and many scenes were portrayed realistically.
I was drawn in by the family interaction, and felt they rose above caricatures. It wasn't hard to figure out where the plot was going, but the journey was definitely worth my time. Some scenes, such as the dance teacher's introduction of dance to these students was memorable.
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