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Born to Dance (2015)

Coming of age tale told through the eyes of 'Tu', an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

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Credited cast:
Tia Maipi ... Tu
Stan Walker ... Benjy
Kherington Payne ... Sasha
John Tui ... Zack
Parris Goebel Parris Goebel ... Parris, Goebel
Nathan Kara ... Jase
Michael Metuakore Michael Metuakore ... Tino
Alexandra Carson Alexandra Carson ... Sophie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jordan Cruickshank ... Kane
Kelvin Taylor ... African American Dance Crew Leader
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Coming of age tale told through the eyes of 'Tu', an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

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New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2015 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

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Best dance movie I have ever seen.
6 December 2017 | by manuelasaezSee all my reviews

Ever since the first "Step Up" I have been TIRED and bored by Western dance movies. It was always the same garbage; guy meets girl, girl does ballet, guy does hip-hop, they kiss, enter a competition and win. That's the gist of every American made dance movie. Enter this quiet little film from New Zealand, and I can honestly say that I was engrossed from beginning to end. It isn't just a movie about dancers with some garbage story tacked on to justify the hour and half run time. This is a real movie, with a plot, relate-able and likable characters, and a really great soundtrack. Every worked their butt off to make this movie the best it could possibly be, and it paid off in spades. The story was entertaining, I cared about what happened to the characters, and everyone was just a pleasure to watch. The really star of this movie is, of course, the dancing. I thought South Koreans were the dancing kings, but New Zelanders could seriously give them a run for their money. These guys can MOVE. Every single dance segment was unique, original, dynamic, and a spectacle in and of itself. I got up a few times and tried to replicate the moves, even though I have no memory for choreography.

This movie was great and I loved everything about it, except one of the actors; the female American lead. She was horribly untalented, and I knew for a fact that she couldn't really dance. Then I looked at the credits and she had not 1 but 3(!) dance doubles. Why even cast her if she couldn't dance? Because she is somewhat pretty? She dragged down what could have been a perfect cast, and almost ruined the movie every time she opened her mouth. Aside from this horrible casting choice, everyone was like a good friend you wanted to know more about, and if that doesn't make a good movie, I don't know what does.


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