Jade Chynoweth and the cast of "Step Up: High Water" (via @stepupseries on Instagram)

"Step Up" Is Becoming a YouTube Red Series with an Amazing Cast

Bless Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum for understanding that our Step Up love burns with a flame that will never die. It's just been announced that the magical twosome are executive producing "Step Up: High Water," a new series based on the Step Up franchise coming to YouTube Red this fall. And as you'd expect of a Tatum family production, the dancing looks like it's going to be very, very legit.


The 10-episode drama will revolve around students at the (fictional) High Water Performing Arts School in Atlanta. Our "Glee" love Naya Rivera will play a former dancer who's now an administrator at the school, and who has a bit of a history with the school's founder, played by Ne-Yo. None other than Jade Chynoweth will appear as a series regular, and the cast also includes Disney phenom Lauryn McClain and commercial queen Kendra Oyesanya.

"Step Up: High Water" is YouTube Red's first large-budget original drama. We're pretty excited that they decided to invest big in such a dance-y project. (And in #TeamTatum. #TeamTatum is always a good bet.)

Obviously we'll be all over this story, but follow @stepupseries for up-to-the-minute info about the show.

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Auditions rarely fail to deliver on suspense. But this? This was the nail-biter to end all nail-biters. Hayoung Roh and Chelsea McCloskey, both professional dancers based in NYC, had made it through what felt like endless rounds of cuts, both on Zoom and in person. Out of the nearly 500 dancers (from 30 states and nine countries) who'd answered the Knicks City Dancers' open call for video submissions, just 20 remained—McCloskey and Roh among them. "We were separated into six holding rooms, where we kept trying to figure out the math," Roh recalls. "How many girls are there in total? Who was called back?"

Finally, the women returned to the audition room to dance one last time—or so they were told. Instead, KCD head coach Alyssa Quezada dropped her bombshell: All 20 women had made the final cut. They would be 2021–22 Knicks City Dancers: the latest and greatest edition of one of the most prestigious NBA dance teams. "It was the biggest celebration and the coolest moment of my dance career so far," says McCloskey now. And that was just the oh-so-perfectly-dramatic beginning.

Chelsea McCloskey stands on her left leg while kicking her right leg up with her arms crossed, a smile on her face. She is auditioning for KCD. Chelsea McCloskey Photo by Tess Mayer


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