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szdaily -> Culture
Step
    2017-August-9  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

In the wake of the protests that ripped through Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, the inaugural* class of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women began its senior year. Established in 2009, the public charter school’s goal is to send every one of its low-income students to college, but the pressures of home, community and fear of failure make for a nail-biting* applications process. The outlet for all that anxiety* in Amanda Lipitz’s documentary is a step dance team seeking redemption* in a state competition.

Emotionally involving material is the key element to a good human-interest documentary, and Lipitz, a Baltimore native with a background in Broadway producing, has told a great story of adversity*, struggle and achievement.

The film focuses primarily* on three senior members of the step team, known as the “Lethal Ladies of BLSYW.” At the forefront is the group’s founder and captain, Blessin Giraldo, a beauty and a natural-born star eager to break away from her troubled home life by going to college in a different city. New York is her first choice, given its association with dance and choreography*. But Blessin’s seeming poise* and confidence are revealed to be somewhat deceptive*, which may stand in the way of the improved grades she needs to secure* her future.

Straight-A student Cori Grainger is a shy girl who finds that step brings her out of her shell. One of a family of seven children, she dreams of going to Johns Hopkins University but will need a full scholarship.

Tayla Solomon is the only child of a single mother who works as a corrections officer and is tenacious* in her will to see her daughter succeed.

Warm, funny, unselfconscious and unfailingly real in their insecurities as well as their understandings about the adult world they’re preparing to navigate, these young women seem even more vulnerable* having spent almost seven years in a nurturing environment. But all the girls have to overcome difficulties, and each is made stronger by her experience of teamwork and sisterhood.

(SD-Agencies)

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