A rhythmic and rousing first trailer has arrived for Step, the Sundance documentary that follows an inner-city, all-girls step dance team in Baltimore. As they challenge themselves both on stage and off, they are empowered by their community and bond through the art of dance. Through their energetic moves and a undying strength off stage, Amanda Lipitz‘s Step tells the story of a group of powerful women overcoming the obstacles of life, and kicking some ass on the dance floor.

We said in our review, “Step, like many documentaries, uses a sport as an entry point to a larger discussion about race, the struggles of those on the lower end of the income spectrum, and the challenges of being a single parent and intercity life. It’s a film that is as inspiring as its subjects and may very well encourage those that see it to visit their guidance counselor for advice on their options even if, like Blessing, they may not have the grades nor the family support.”

See the trailer below, along with a poster.

Step chronicles the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. These young women find a unity through their team that pushes them to challenge themselves on and off the stage. 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.


Step hits theaters on August 4th.

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