Directed by Amanda Lipitz, the award-winning documentary “Step” opens today at the Yonge-Dundas Cineplex, starring Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre and Paula Dofat.
The documentary follows the Lethal Ladies of BLSYW (Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women), a step dance group, as they lead up to their final competition before they become part of the school’s inaugural graduating class. Watch the dancers overcome personal obstacles as they embark on their dance journey, which is framed against the aftermath of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing protests across North America regarding treatment of Blacks.
While bare on actual music and performance, the film is rich in heart-felt interviews with the Lethal Ladies and their mothers, who struggling to give their daughters a better life. Despite how difficult it is for these women to escape intergenerational poverty, Stepping gives them the drive to win as well as incomparable lessons in sisterhood and teamwork.
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