1h25m | Directed by Amanda Lipitz | USA | Documentary | 2017
Step is the true story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches, and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship, and to be accepted into college.
This all-female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college. Many of the girls will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, Step embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for. (c) Fox Searchlight
Certified Fresh at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes
Director Amanda Lipitz takes viewers home with the students and creates palpable drama around their quests to attend college following their senior year.
Adam Graham | Detroit News | Full review
Realistically, it’s probably not possible to dance your cares away. But the determination of these girls makes you believe in it.
Stephanie Zacharek | Time | Full review
There are many films that attempt to illuminate the world through pain, but Step is most instructive in its moments of joy.
Emily Yoshida | New York Magazine | Full review
This movie fires on every cylinder, investing viewers in personal stories that couldn’t have higher stakes and inviting them on a journey that pays off in ways expected and utterly surprising.
Ann Hornaday | Washington Post | Full review