STEP is the true-life 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 whom 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.
The film features the Lethal Ladies of BLSYW (Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women) Step Team - Lakira Anderson, Shanice Barkley, Yakema Barkley, Trachya Biles, Tamar Dennis, Brooke Dixon, Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Domonique Hall, Diamond Hill, Lakiya Jackson, Najia Johnson, Amanda Leonard, Naysa Reames, Kaila Rice, Jabria Shade, Tayla Solomon, Tyrina Sneed, Adajah White and Nush Zweh. It also features key faculty and staff from BLYSW including Director of College Counseling Paula Dofat and Step Team Coach Gari “Coach G” McIntyre.
STEP is directed by Amanda Lipitz (Broadway’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods,” Tony Award-winning “The View from the Bridge”) and produced by Lipitz and Steven Cantor (UNRAVELED, CHASING TYSON, DANCER). The filmmaking team includes executive producers Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Jenny Raskin, Scott Rudin, Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Micheal Flaherty, Valerie McGowan, Phillip Glasser, Barbara Dobkin, Regina K. Scully, Debra Mcleod and Jay Sears and Ann & Andrew Tisch, director of photography Casey Regan, film editor Penelope Falk, co-producer Jamie Schutz and music by Laura Karpman and Raphael Saadiq.