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Step

In this inspirational documentary, at-risk African-American students at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women hope to win a tournament in stepping, a form of percussive dance that dates back to the mid-20th century and requires the use of one's whole body. This story is told in conjunction with an examination of the school, where tough-love counselors and parents closely monitor GPAs and extracurricular activities in order to try and get the teenagers into college and help them avoid single motherhood and poverty. For most of the film the dancing is unsteady, but in the final number director Amanda Lipitz, a Tony Award-winning producer, makes the gutsy amateurs look like pros.

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Director:

  • Amanda Lipitz

Producers:

  • Steven Cantor
  • Amanda Lipitz

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