August 18, 2017

R: August 18th, 2017 | R: 83 minutes | R: PG

Step is a documentary that follows an all girls step team as some of the members move into their senior of high school at the Baltimore School for Girls. Since they are the first graduating class for the school they are faced with the balancing act of winning step competitions, reaching adulthood and the goal of 100% college attendance for the entire class.

This documentary is a heartfelt one as the girls deal with the hardships of living in the inner city and trying to help the school reach the goal of the first graduating class attending college as well as actually placing in a step competition since they had never done that before even though the team was founded during their 6th grade year.

The documentary focuses on three main stories: Blessin - the outspoken founder of the step team who has a hard time staying focused on school, Cori - an intelligent, shy student who is determined to attend John Hopkins, and Tayla - a student who falls in the shadows of her overly enthusiastic mom.

Their personalities mixed with the other girls of the team as well as the step coach made me laugh, cry and cheer with them as their journeys unfolded. Some of the girls were so cheerful and hopeful despite not having food to eat or lights on at home during some portions of the documentary. I soon became invested to see how everything would fold out and if they would reach their individual goals and goals for the step team.

I don't want to give away too much of their story because it was so beautifully put together and felt very real as some of them broke down on camera. It is truly a documentary that has a feeling of realness to it and I could not help but be glued to the screen during the entirety of the documentary feeling their emotions along the way.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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