A high school student is forced to leave her private school to return to her old, crime-filled neighborhood where she re-kindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of Side Step dancing.
What it lacks in services to grammar, it gains in dedication to dance. If you’re done with the Krump, then the Side Step - an African-American dance that’s part acrobatics, part hernia inducement - is the latest craze.
Shot in grainy 16mm, this is the story of ambitious student Raya Green (newcomer Rutina Wesley), who leaves her cushy private school and returns home after her sister’s drug problems wipe out the family finances. Once there, a big-money prize in a dance competition looks like her only way back.
Unfortunately, the script’s not as light on its feet as the cast. Burdened by clichés and relying too heavily on voiceover, you’ll be biding your time between dance sequences - if that’s your thing.
The dance scenes are fun to watch but the script's not too light on its feet.
Reviewed by Tony Horkins