"Malcolm in the Middle"

Stomp the Yard (2007)
"Beyond the pride. Beyond the rivalry. Beyond the tradition. "
Columbus Short DJ
Meagan Good April
Ne-Yo Rich Brown
Darrin Dewitt Henson Grant (as Darrin Henson)
Brian J. White Sylvester
Laz Alonso Zeke
Valarie Pettiford Jackie
Jermaine Williams Noel
Allan Louis Dr. Palmer
Harry J. Lennix Nate
Chris Brown Duron
Oliver Ryan Best Easy
Richmond Duain Martyn Mark
Justin Hires Byron
Michael Ngaujah Harold (as Sahr Ngaujah)
Roderick Thomas Paul
Christopher Toler Theta #1 (as Christopher "Lil C" Toler)
Pedro Coiscou Bambino / Theta 2
April Clark Maya
Sean Riggs Mu Gamma #1
Debra Nelson Assistant
Tony Vaughn Dr. Wilson
DJ Drama Himself
Roxzane T. Mims Secretary (as Roxanne Mims)
Ayesha Ngaujah Girl in Line (as Ayesha T. Ngaujah)
Khalid Freeman Stomp Dancer / Artist
Gordie Bernard Holt Mu Gamma Stepper 9
Jonathan 'Legacy' Perez Sphere's Crew Dancer
Sway Himself
Ivan 'Flipz' Velez Dj's Crew Dancer
Producer: William Packer
Writer: Robert Adetuyi,Gregory Ramon Anderson
Dance 10, Story 4
STOMP THE YARD comes as a pleasant surprise to those of us who have yet to be introduced to 'stepping' - a sport/dance form that is not break dancing, not hip-hop, not modern dance, not clogging, not ballet, but instead is an exhilarating display of rhythm, physical dexterity, and creative choreography that makes this little film well worth watching.

The story is minimal and hackneyed and serves basically as an outline for the dance performances. DJ (the enormously talented dancer/actor Columbus Short) is sent from Los Angeles to Atlanta's Truth University after his conviction for street brawling, a fight in which his brother (Chris Brown) was killed. Once on campus DJ is works for his uncle as a gardener and is soon courted for his step dance skills by two rival fraternities. One fraternity gains DJ's attention and he pledges. Of course there is the requisite love conflict (the beautiful Meagan Good as April), who just happens to be the girlfriend of the rival fraternity step leader (Darrin Henson), and the usual undercurrent of familial dichotomies between DJ's humble background and April's influential father bring the tension to the front: the result is DJ's triumphant performance in the annual stepping competition between the two fraternities. The ending is predictable but sensitive and with a message.

The real star of the film is the magnificently choreographed and executed dancing, performed by the actual cast members. Director Sylvain White and his choreographers center their attention on the big sequences and the result is very fine entertainment. In addition to the gifted Columbus Short and Darrin Henson the cast includes such fine actor/dancers as Brian J. White, Ne-Yo, Laz Alonzo, Oliver Ryan Best, Richmond Duain Martyn, Justin Hires, and many others. It is difficult to resist the excitement of the commitment of this fine cast to the introduction of step dancing to the public at large. So much talent! Grady Harp

Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 4.0
Musician: Tim Boland
Running time: 109 min / Argentina
Subtitles: Svenska
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