Dance-Off, Starring Kathryn McCormick and Shane Harper, Drops Tomorrow!
You can never really have enough Romeo-and-Juliet-esque dance dramas, amiright? I mean, we'll continue to eat up every new Step Up movie until they stop bangin' them out (#teamstepup6). So naturally, we're pretty psyched for tomorrow's digital release of the new star-crossed saga, Dance-Off.
Dance-Off tells the story of Jasmine (played by the gorgeous "SYTYCD" All-Star extraordinaire Kathryn McCormick) and Brandon (played by Shane Harper). The two dancers were childhood duet partners, but life's circumstances pulled them apart—and Jasmine has been heart-broken ever since.
Several years later, the two meet again; however, this time, it's as competitors. Jasmine dances for the affluent Diamond Dance studio, whereas Brandon dances for the inner-city Shockwave Studios (rich in talent, but not so rich in funding). In a gloriously dramatic twist, Jasmine and Brandon are each chosen by their respective studios to compete head-to-head, mano-y-mano, to determine the top studio in the area. As if that isn't enough pressure, Brandon has to win in order to save his studio with the prize money—and it certainly doesn't help that Jasmine's over-the-top dance mom tends to intervene at the least desirable moments.
Throw in a good dose of romantic tension (and some stellar dancing—including tap!), and you've got a smash hit.
Dance-Off releases tomorrow, October 7, but you can pre-order it now on iTunes. To help you pass the time, we've rounded up a couple of Dance-Off clips. First, the trailer:
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