*Netflix is tackling competitive dance with its new original film “Step Sisters,” which centers on “troubled” white girls in college who are taught how to STEP.
The tradition of stepping is rooted in the competitive schoolyard song and dance rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the 1900s. Now, Netflix feels it’s time white folks dip a toe in the game.
Peep the trailer above.
Directed by Charles Stone III (“Drumline”), the story follows Jamilah Bishop (Megalyn Echikunwoke), who seems to excel at everything: She’s president of her sorority, captain of the step dance crew, liaison to the college dean and a star student who is on her way to Harvard Law School.
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But when Jamilah is asked to teach a misbehaving, mostly white sorority how to step, success seems impossible. Without telling her own sorority sisters, Jamilah begins training rivals Sigma Beta Beta (SBB) for the “Steptacular” competitive dance competition.
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Echikunwoke stars opposite Matt McGorry, Naturi Naughton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Marque Richardson, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier and Alessandra Torresani. Chuck Hayward (“Dear White People”) penned the script with Emmy Award winner Lena Waithe (“Master of None”) and Ben Cory Jones (“Insecure”).
“Step Sisters” was originally set for a theatrical release last year through Broad Green Pictures, and will arrive on Netflix January 19.
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