Gotta Kick It Up!

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Gotta Kick It Up! (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Gotta Kick It Up!” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2002. Directed by Ramón Menéndez, the film is based on a true story and centers around a group of Latina middle school students who come together to form a dance team.

The story follows Daisy (played by Camille Guaty), a new student at a Southern California middle school, who becomes friends with a group of girls. Daisy notices that her friends have various talents but lack an extracurricular activity that unites them. Determined to make a difference, Daisy proposes the idea of forming a dance team to their teacher, Ms. Bartlett (played by Susan Egan).

Despite initial skepticism, the girls work hard and showcase their dance talents, leading Ms. Bartlett to become their coach. As they prepare for the school dance competition, the team faces challenges, both within themselves and from external pressures. However, through dedication, teamwork, and the support of their families and community, they learn to overcome obstacles and gain self-confidence.

“Gotta Kick It Up!” is a feel-good movie that highlights themes of empowerment, cultural pride, and the importance of believing in oneself. It celebrates the power of unity and the impact of supportive mentors in young people’s lives.

The film received positive reviews for its positive portrayal of diverse characters and the uplifting message it delivers to its young audience. It encourages viewers to pursue their dreams, work hard, and embrace their cultural heritage. With its catchy dance sequences and heartwarming story, “Gotta Kick It Up!” has become a beloved Disney Channel movie that continues to inspire and entertain audiences of all ages.

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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
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  • Camille Guaty: Daisy Salinas
  • America Ferrera: Yolanda “Yoli” Vargas
  • Jhoanna Flores: Alyssa Cortez
  • Suilma Rodriguez: Marisol
  • Sabrina Wiener: Esmeralda Reyna
  • Miguel Sandoval: Principal Zavala
  • Erik Alexander Gavica: “Chuy”
  • Susan Egan: Heather Bartlett
  • Elizabeth Sung: Ms. Kim
  • Gina Gallego: Mrs. Cortez
  • Gerry Del Sol: Mr. Cortez
  • Valente Rodriguez: Mr. Reyna
  • Anita Ortega: Mrs. Reyna
  • Yvonne Farrow: Lynell Elliott
  • Ulises Cuadra: Segura


  • Director: Ramón Menéndez
  • Producer: Christopher Morgan

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