Step Up

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Step Up (Touchstone Movie)

“Step Up” is a dance drama film released in 2006, directed by Anne Fletcher. The movie stars Channing Tatum as Tyler Gage, a rebellious and talented street dancer from Baltimore, and Jenna Dewan as Nora Clark, a promising ballet dancer attending a prestigious performing arts school.

The story begins when Tyler and his friends break into the Maryland School of Arts, where Nora studies. After getting caught, Tyler is sentenced to community service at the school. While serving his sentence, he crosses paths with Nora, and their worlds collide. When Nora’s dance partner suffers an injury, she reluctantly agrees to team up with Tyler for a dance showcase that could determine her future in the dance world.

As they practice together, Nora’s disciplined and classical style clashes with Tyler’s freestyle and street dance techniques. However, they learn to appreciate each other’s strengths and find a balance between their different styles. Their passion for dance brings them together, and they develop a deep connection both on and off the dance floor.

“Step Up” celebrates the power of dance as a form of self-expression and communication. It explores themes of following one’s passion, breaking through social barriers, and embracing creativity in the face of adversity. The film also highlights the value of teamwork and the transformative power of art in bringing people from different backgrounds together.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan deliver captivating performances, displaying their dance talents and on-screen chemistry. Their dance sequences are a highlight of the film, showcasing a mix of hip-hop, contemporary, and ballet styles.

The success of “Step Up” spawned several sequels, each with its own unique storyline and cast. The film’s popularity not only solidified its place as a touchstone in the dance film genre but also helped launch the careers of its lead actors, with both Tatum and Dewan going on to become well-known figures in Hollywood.

“Step Up” remains beloved by audiences for its infectious energy, memorable dance sequences, and heartwarming love story. It continues to inspire dancers and non-dancers alike, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and embrace their passion for the arts.

Additional Details


  • Channing Tatum: Tyler Gage
  • Jenna Dewan: Nora Clark
  • Mario: Miles Darby
  • Drew Sidora: Lucy Avila
  • Damaine Radcliff: Macquinn “Mac” Carter
  • De’Shawn Washington: Skinny Carter
  • Alyson Stoner: Camille Gage
  • Rachel Griffiths: Director Gordan
  • Josh Henderson: Brett Dolan
  • Tim Lacatena: Andrew
  • Heavy D: Omar
  • Babbal Kumar: dark dancer
  • Deirdre Lovejoy: Katherine Clark
  • Jamie Scott: Colin
  • Adriana Gutierrez: main extra in auditorium


  • Director: Anne Fletcher
  • Producers: Erik Feig, Jennifer Gibgot, Adam Shankman and Patrick Wachsberger
  • Screenplay: Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg

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