Starring: Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Jane Seymour, Paul Freeman, Mia Morgenstern
Directed by: Michael Damian
Written by: Janeen Damian, Michael Damian
Produced by: Janeen Damian, Michael Damian
Choreographed by: Dave Scott
Genre: Dance Romance
US Distribution: The Orchard - April 8, 2016
In a city where only the best succeed, two radically talented people from opposite sides of the tracks need to find harmony to achieve their dreams.
RUBY ADAMS is a dancer from the Midwest on scholarship, living her first day in New York City. JOHNNIE BLACKWELL is a British musician, playing for money in the subway tunnels. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When a hip-hop battle gone wrong throws these two artists together, they immediately clash but can’t deny it when sparks begin to fly. Their lives quickly get entangled in the pitfalls that come with competing in New York City. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, Ruby and Johnnie must find a way to save Ruby’s scholarship and keep Johnnie from being deported.
In an action-packed extravaganza combining cutting edge hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance, the two must navigate their opposing worlds and prepare for a competition where winning or losing will change their lives forever.
HIGH STRUNG is elevated by an original soundtrack of boundary-breaking commercial tracks blending styles of music in a way that already has the dance scene and social media talking. HIGH STRUNG’s original take on familiar musical genres stands out from prior dance franchises: Step Up and Street Dance.
Brought to us by Broadway stars Michael & Janeen Damian and choreographer Dave Scott (Step up 2: The Streets; Stomp The Yard; resident choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance; guest choreographer on Dancing with the Stars) and introducing the breathtakingly talented Keenan Kampa (Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet’s first American dancer) and Nicholas Galitzine (The Beat Beneath My Feet) alongside 62 of some of the World’s most exciting and original dancers from London, Paris and New York.