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STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

Director: Amanda Lipitz
Year: 2017
Time: 84 min

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The Story Behind STEP

“With every stomp, with every clap, with every beat, they were showing their hopes and their fears and their dreams. I knew that it was something special.”

Read the article on Huffington Post.

Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?

Researchers tracked hundreds of students in Baltimore to find out what top achievers had that others didn’t.  Kids who found what researchers call an “identity project,” essentially a passion or hobby that helped motivate them (for example dancing), were more likely to go to college or decent jobs.

Read the article from The Atlantic.

Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women

An all-girls, college preparatory public charter school serving young women residing in Baltimore.

Visit the website of BLSYW.

How to Step

Learn how to step from his YouTube playlist guide from Howcast.

Lethal Ladies of BLSYW step routine and demo with Coach G

Three members of the Lethal Ladies of BLSYW step team, from Baltimore, come into the KPCC studio to show off some of their moves. Their coach Gari “Coach G” McIntyre joins them and gives us a how-to on the basics of step.

Watch the Youtube video from KPCC.

The Deep, Troubling Roots of Baltimore’s Decline

“If we want to save Charm City, we must begin by reversing 100 years of segregation.”

Read the article on Slate.

I made it for the young women in it: Amanda Lipitz on STEP

I made it for the young women in it. And I always had that in mind because I just wanted them to have been proud to have been a part of it and glad that they trusted me with their stories. Because I felt it was a great privilege, I still believe it was a great privilege. Having anyone, besides the 19 young women that made it, see it and be moved by it, is just the most unbelievable thing.

Read the interview by Roger Ebert.

What the Lethal Ladies at the center of ‘Step’ are up to now

What’s happened to the three young women at the center of ‘Step’ since filming stopped in May 2016 with their graduation from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women?

Find out on The Baltimore Sun.


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