There's a New "High Strung" Movie in the Works, and You’ve Got to See the Cast List

Juliet Doherty (photo by Joe Toreno)

It's been a major week for dance movie sequels. First we got wind of the upcoming YouTube series inspired by Step Up—and now comes the news that there's going to be a second High Strung movie, with a cast just as stellar as the original film's.

High Strung: Free Dance will follow a talented contemporary dancer and an innovative classical pianist as they join the cast of an international live tour called Free Dance. And the contemporary dancer? She'll be played by Juliet Doherty, who's becoming quite the movie star these days. (British actor Harry Jarvis will play the pianist, and Descendants 2's Thomas Doherty—no relation to Juliet—will play Free Dance's young choreographer.)

Rounding out the dancer cast are familiar names like Desmond Richardson (casual!), Philip Chbeeb, Kerrynton Jones, and Makenzie Dustman. The choreographic team, led by Tyce Diorio, also includes Myles Thatcher and Nakul Dev Mahajan. Oh—and #bosslady Jane Seymour will reprise her role from the original film, too.

High Strung: Free Dance is filming this summer in Europe and NYC, and Dance Spirit's got the inside scoop. Stay tuned for more info and peeks at the behind-the-scenes action!

Juliet Doherty and Bogdan Radacina on the set of "High Strung: Free Dance" (courtesy Riviera Films)

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