Parents' Guide to

High Strung Free Dance

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sensational music/dance numbers rise above so-so romance.

Movie PG 2019 104 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Best contemporary dance movie ever!

This was the most invigorating contemporary modern ballet dance I have watch in my 41 years of life! The end was incredible and literally gave me serious goosebumps and was so beautiful that I was full of energy! I can’t dance to save my life but this movie made me want to DANCE DANCE DANCE!!
age 16+

hi

it's fine

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

What this film lacks in story and acting talent it makes up for in eye-popping, ear-pleasing dance and music sequences that will captivate even the most disinterested viewer. The story has overtones of 42nd Street without the clever quips and snappy comebacks (although choreographer Tyce Diorio's exciting originality is worthy of the Busby Berkley comparison). The acting is underwhelming and the writing is barely serviceable, but who cares? High Strung Free Dance is all about the performance sequences.

Director Michael Damian mixes modern and classic dance and music in a way that's entertaining and impressive. Even for kids who aren't into the arts, there's something to pull them in: an amazing rap sequence (from YouTuber Ali Tomineek), a highbrow Broadway dance sequence in which dancers are lifted and blown across the stage, and a visually spectacular Bollywood number. Damian sought out recognized, awarded performers from all over the world to create a troupe worthy of perfectionist impresario Raines. The result is a series of exciting performances that exceed any expectation you might have for an indie dance movie. At the very least, it dazzles; at the most, it inspires -- home viewers might just get off the couch and join in.

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