A few familiar faces join with new performers to make a music and dance movie everyone will love.
High Strung, a highly anticipated film, will be released in theaters on April 8th. It features more than 60 dancers emerging from London, Paris, New York and Eastern Europe and stars lovely American ballerina Keenan Kampa and charming violinist Nicholas Galitzine in the lead roles.
Ruby is a dancer from the Midwest on scholarship, living away from her mom for the first time in New York City. Johnnie is a British musician, playing his violin for money in the subway. Ruby’s world is conventional and controlled; Johnnie’s is eccentric and street smart.
A hip-hop battle in the subway goes wildly wrong and throws these two artists together. They immediately clash but there is no doubt the two have sparks. Their lives quickly get entangled in the difficulties that come with competition in New York City. With the help of an energetic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, Ruby and Johnnie have to come together and find a way to save Ruby’s scholarship and keep Johnnie from being deported.
The story line is both entertaining and family friendly. The two lead actors are immensely appealing, and the other characters in the script are also intriguing. It is fun to see Jane Seymour on screen again as the contemporary dance teacher. The scene is set in New York and in an institution called the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts (sort of a fictional Juilliard). 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. The music and the dance throughout the movie are sensational.
In this action-packed extravaganza combining cutting edge hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance and music, Johnnie and Ruby must navigate their opposing worlds and prepare for a competition where winning or losing will change their lives forever.
High Strung is a brilliantly directed and executed movie that both parents and kids can enjoy together.