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Guilty Pleasures: The ‘Step Up’ Movies

On August 8, the 5th movie in the “Step Up” movie series debuts — Step Up: All In. What started with a small romantic dance movie, has turned into a profitable international franchise. Who would have thought it? For me, these movies are guilty pleasures. You go for the dancing, and the good-looking people. These movies are modern day musicals in my opinion. The old movie musicals had people singing and dancing their problems away. Take away the singing (and add a hot soundtrack), keep the dancing (but now it’s hip hop) and up the sex appeal, and you have got the “Step Up” movies. What little plot there is in these movies really doesn’t matter. We want to see the dance numbers. These movies have taken in a staggering $564 million worldwide at the box office. So I can see why they keep making more of them! See highlights from the movies and my thoughts about them below:Step Up All In

Step Up (2006)
This is the movie that started it all and launched the careers of Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. In fact, the costars hit it off so well, that they are married today.

Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
Tatum appeared briefly in this sequel. The main stars are Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman. The final dance sequence in the rain was the highlight of this movie. Adam Sevani appeared as the first time in the fan-favorite role of Moose.

Step Up 3D (2010)
The third movie in the series, and the first in 3D. All of the following films in the series have been in 3D. The stars are Rick Malambri and Sharni Vinson.

Step Up Revolution (2012)
For the 4th movie, the action moves to Miami. The stars are Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick. This time around dance is used as a means of bringing attention to social injustice and community revitalization.

Step Up: All In (2014)
The fifth movie in the series brings back Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan. This time the action centers in Las Vegas. I love the line from the trailer that Moose says: “Does this always have to end with a dance battle?” Yes, Moose it does.

As a fan of “So You Think You Can Dance”, it is nice to see so many alumni involved in these movies: Joshua Allen, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Kathryn McCormick, Philip Chbeeb, Cyrus Spencer, and choreographers Christopher Scott, Travis Wall and Mia Michaels too. Producer Adam Shankman has been a guest judge many times on SYTYCD, so it makes sense to see a bit of a cross over.

I hope you enjoy the latest movie in the theaters. And get ready for “Step Up 6” coming the summer of 2016. I know I will be there.

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Dancing for Fun

I enjoy dancing. Am I any good at it? not really. But I have fun with it. It is a great way to let off steam and shake off your worries.

When I was growing up, I remember seeing guys dancing on awards shows and thinking that would be fun to do.  Then came the 80’s and music videos. So many of them had great dance routines: Michael, Janet, Madonna. My friend, Damon used to love to dance. He was the one with a drink in his right hand and snapping his fingers on his left hand. I remember many nights going to Rage or Studio One in West Hollywood and staying to closing. We would dance song after song.

I even met my first boyfriend at a dance club. He was there dancing, and we exchanged numbers. I called him first, and then we started going out. We went out for over a year.

After Rasheed and I moved in together, we actually tried a dance class for a few weeks. It was at Millenium Dance Studio in North Hollywood. We took the introductory hip-hop class. It was a challenge! But it was fun… and definitely quite a workout! I remember sweating more in that class, than I ever do when I go to the gym on the regular. They even had a semi-celebrity there teaching the advanced class — Oliver, the token straight guy from Madonna’s “Truth or Dare.”

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