If you enjoy stories of triumph over adversity, music, and lots of dance, there’s a new movie coming out that fits the bill! “High Strung” is the story of Ruby, a dancer from the Midwest who moves to New York City on a dance scholarship. She meets Johnnie, a street musician playing for tips in the subway. Their lives are thrown together by chance, and they become entangled in the competitive nature of their respective fields. A local dance crew befriends Ruby and Johnny and becomes part of the plot too, though I won’t give away any spoilers.
There are a lot of fresh, new faces in this cast, as it’s made up almost entirely of professional dancers! 62 of the cast members are professional dancers from London, Paris, and New York, so the dancing is both authentic and outstanding.
Keenan Kampa stars in the lead role as Ruby, and her dance sequences are captivating, as she’s a professional ballet dancer herself. (Trivia: She’s the first American to graduate from Russia’s prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy, which has trained the likes of Anna Pavlova and Mikhail Baryshnikov.) Jane Seymour stars as Ruby’s dance instructor who pushes Ruby’s abilities to their limits.
I was treated to an advanced screening of “High Strung” last week, and my daughter and I enjoyed the movie. There are many action-packed dance sequences combining classical and contemporary dance styles — everything from ballet to hip-hop to breakdancing to Celtic dance — and they’re so well-executed and fun to watch. One flash-mob style dance sequence in a NYC subway station is extremely memorable! If you love watching people dance (and dance well) to all kinds of music, you’ll have fun with this movie.
“High Strung” is rated PG for mild language (I counted one instance of the “A” and “B” words each) and the movie is quite family-friendly. A subplot involves a budding romance between the two lead characters, but their relationship is sweet and not over-sexualized.
You can check out the trailer for the movie below:
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