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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?


Keenan Kampa, a trained ballerina, was the first choice for the role of Ruby, but when Michael and Janeen Damian contact her and ask her if she had any interest in acting, she was recovering in a hospital from a hip surgery. She had to do three sessions of rehab a day, to get back into ballet shape. 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 »


A True Love
Performed by Sweet Chili & Heather Youmans
(P) & © 2016 High Strung LLC
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A violinist meets a dancer: A love story.
4 December 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

That's a freaky poster, but the film was good. You know there are dance flicks even worse than this, especially, it was once a trendy theme, but now nothing impressive. In that perspective, this film was a relief, a decently made film. So dance flick means people expect extraordinary moves and music, but in this, they had kept them simple. They did not press hard on either street dance or the classical dance. It was kind of fusion between them and in addition to that live music like mainly violin.

I don't know anybody from the cast or the director, but it does not look like a B movie/indie, because the production quality was excellent. Even the story was somewhat cliché, yet enjoyable, mainly for its around 90 minute narration. I mean being a short and a decent pace with the good performances and musics and dances, this film can be easily become a dance flick of the year.

The film is not just for youngsters, but for everyone. The matured contents like maintaining the decency from the dialogues to the pictures, nothing obscene in it. A perfect PG film, the majority would like it or not, but surely will be entertained. Having lots of good quality, I did not like it entirely. In some parts it looked just fake to me like in the real world kind. I would say watch it, but don't expect too much, especially twist or surprises. It's really a nice film.


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Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Strung See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,708, 10 April 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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