Ever since High Strung: Free Dance—the sequel to the original, fabulously dancy movie—was announced last summer, we've been eager for peeks at the behind-the-scenes action. And yesterday, the High Strung team dropped the juiciest preview footage since our own Facebook Live events on set.
Here it is, in all its glory.
Is Keenan Kampa (aka Ruby) perfect? Yes. Is Ian Eastwood (aka Rik) and SwitchSteps Crew #squadgoals? Definitely. Is Nicholas Galitzine (aka Johnnie) very convincing as a struggling artist who really needs
my Ruby's help? Um, yeah.
We've been waiting for High Strung with baited breath, taking you behind the scenes and picking apart clues to its possible release date. We're happy to announce that the film will hit theaters nationwide in April! In the meantime, the trailer does not disappoint.
Now, we'll have to patiently wait for spring. And we really hope Kampa is reading for other films or working on other dance projects, because we miss her gorgeous dancing.
In today's installment of "Hey, did you know that dancers are also incredible athletes?" news—a theme we'll never tire of, because it's SO DARN TRUE:
Have you seen the kind of fantastic new commercial from Uniqlo? It's an ad for their AIRism line of athletic wear, featuring lovely classical/commercial crossover dancer Sonoya Mizuno showing us just how movement-friendly the clothing is. (If Mizuno looks familiar, it's probably because you recognize her from High Strung—she played feisty sidekick Jazzy—or from the Wayne McGregor-choreographed Chemical Brothers music video she starred in earlier this year. Keep your eye on this one.)
The dance-world connections don't end there, either: Turns out American Ballet Theatre dancer and up-and-coming choreographer Gemma Bond acted as movement director for the shoot. Which explains why the whole thing looks so...right.
This isn't the first time Uniqlo has used a beautiful dancer in its ads. International ballet superstar Polina Semionova had her own AIRism campaign a while back—and also did a commercial demonstrating, in the most efficient way possible, just how stretchy the brand's ultra stretch jeans are:
High Strung is almost here, guys! The eagerly-anticipated dance film—starring, as you know by now, brilliant people like Keenan Kampa and Ian Eastwood—will hit theaters next Friday, April 8. That's right: In just one week, you and your studio besties will be able to see for yourselves just how dancetastic, and just how fun, this delightful romp of a movie is.
But there's even better news: You actually don't have to wait until next Friday for a taste of High Strung's delicious goodness. Because we have an exclusive clip of one of the film's loveliest dance scenes RIGHT NOW. Featuring Kampa—aka Ruby, in the High Strung world—at her ballerina best in a sun-soaked studio, it's a minute and fourteen seconds of classical heaven:
You're ready to buy your tickets now, right? We thought so. Click here to find a theater near you. And be sure to stay up to date on all things High Strung by following the film on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Back in our July/August issue, we introduced you to the fantastic stars of the dancetastic film High Strung—or, rather, re-introduced you, since you knew Keenan Kampa and Ian Eastwood pretty darn well already.
They're so pretty. (photo by Erin Baiano)
Now the film—which follows the artistically-charged lives of a brilliant violinist, a gorgeous classical dancer (that'd be Kampa) and an innovative hip-hop crew (including Eastwood and Comfort Fedoke)—finally has a premiere date. Next Saturday, February 6, High Strung will make its official debut at the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival. And in happy news for non-Californians, it's also slated for wider release in April. Which means there's a solid chance its dance-y goodness is coming to a theater near you very, very soon.
We've seen a screening of the film already, so you can trust us when we say it's a) kind of a delightful mash-up of Center Stage and Step Up, and b) the best thing to hit the dance movie scene since...well, Center Stage and Step Up. Click here for SBIFF tickets, and here for updates on High Strung's wider release.