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High Strung (2016)

PG | | Drama, Music, Romance | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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Dancer Ruby, starting at Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, meets English violinist Johnnie, playing in a subway station. Music and dance follows.


Michael Damian





Cast overview, first billed only:
Keenan Kampa ... Ruby Adams
Nicholas Galitzine ... Johnnie Blackwell
Sonoya Mizuno ... Jazzy
Jane Seymour ... Oksana
Richard Southgate ... Kyle
Paul Freeman ... Kramrovsky
Marcus Emanuel Mitchell ... Hayward (as Marcus Mitchell)
Maia Morgenstern ... Markova
Anabel Kutay ... April
John Silver John Silver ... Krispy
Ian Eastwood Ian Eastwood ... Rik
Comfort Fedoke ... Poptart
Corinne Holt Corinne Holt ... Jett
Lorenzo Cammarota Lorenzo Cammarota ... Tiptoe
Tom Russell Tom Russell ... Jaxson


When a hip hop violinist busking in the New York subway encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, sparks fly. With the help of a hip hop dance crew they must find a common ground while preparing for a competition that could change their lives forever. Written by Anonymous

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See the music. Hear the dance.


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Michael Damien,the director of the film appears in one of the scenes where Johnny is busking on the subway.He is seen throwing money in the basket and complimenting Johnny's music while Johnny seems ungrateful and he sarcastically tells Johnny"you're welcome" as if Johnny thanked him See more »


Johnnie: [Dancing tango] Yes, I've been humble since our last meeting which I want to apologize for.
Ruby: You don't have to do that; I was being pushy, when I don't even know you.
Johnnie: [Pulls her close] Do you want to?
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Followed by High Strung Free Dance (2018) See more »


Girl Love Peace
Performed by Alina Artts
(P) & © 2016 High Strung LLC
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Surprising Film
28 June 2016 | by Yoyo76See all my reviews

What a gem of a film. I wasn't expecting much when I hit the 'Play' button, but as I kept watching, I was surprised at how good it turned out to be. It was predictable at times and yet I found myself still rooting for the main characters. Have you ever started watching a movie and during the opening credits, you start scrolling through your cell phone? That's what I did in the beginning. After hearing the music, I looked up, put my cell phone down and stared enjoying the scenery in the 1st few minutes. I was hooked after that. If you have seen a lot of dance movies (Step-up, Save the Last Dance, Stomp the Yard) I suggest you give this film a chance. It might surprise you, like it did me.

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Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,708, 10 April 2016

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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