“We are making music with our bodies.” - Blessin Giraldo
“STEP,” a documentary film directed by Amanda Lipton, documents a girls’ high school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city. We caught wind of this inspiring film and jumped at the chance to attend the Fox Searchlight screening of it in Atlanta, Georgia where I was able to meet the cast and listen to a Q&A session following the movie.
In the visual, the cast members document their ups and downs in school at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and how teachers, mentors, and family members instill positivity in their lives. The film exemplifies how the girls “step” closer to fulfilling their dreams, graduating from college, and channel a sisterhood that is truly touching.
Lipton wanted more than just a film. As the director of her first feature film, she said: “the reason I hit here is because I didn't really care about getting into Sundance.” Her purpose was to serve the community by creating an inspirational film. She wanted to expose what's happening in the education system and how girls are being affected. “I just wanted young women to be proud of it and show a different vision of Baltimore and young women,” Lipton said. In the process of developing the film, they wanted to set a high standard of excellence so that girls around the world know what their experiences are like. They showcased their perseverance and confidence in themselves to achieve greatness. When you believe in the right thing and right person things will happen. The film focuses on the journey of three strong black young ladies, Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, and Tayla Solomon who had different experiences growing up but loved to step.
STEP is in theaters starting August 4th! Comment below if you are going to see the movie! Until then, check out the trailer and a few of their recent interviews below: