Kendra Oyesanya, Marcus Mitchell, and Carlito Olivero (courtesy YouTube/Lionsgate)
Happy "Step Up: High Water" eve, y'all! Everyone's favorite internet dance show makes its triumphant Season 2 return tomorrow, March 20th, on YouTube. In anticipation of the premiere, we turned to Kendra Oyesanya (Poppy), Marcus Mitchell (Dondre), and Carlito Olivero (Davis) for the scoop on all things "Step Up"—from on-set shenanigans, to embarrassing stories, to scenes to watch out for this season (hint: Episode 2's dance battle, and the season finale's final number!).
Maddie Ziegler may be a teen, queen, dancing machine—however, her dance movie knowledge isn't quite on the level of her actual dance skills. Maddie took Teen Vogue's dance-movie quiz where she had to explain the plot and name some of the characters of specific dance movies. While some of the movies she was tested on were iconic dance flicks, Maddie points out she was born way after many of them were made.
In case you haven't heard, "Step Up: High Water" is returning for a second season. Yay! In fact, production for the 10-episode, hourlong series is currently underway in Atlanta, GA. As if we weren't already excited enough, check out who's returning for Season 2—and all the stars who'll be entering the "High Water" universe for the very first time.
You could say that Donielle "Lil Dee Dee" Hansley joined the family business: His dad (a dancer and recording artist) was his first dance teacher, and his three older siblings are a circus artist, a rapper, and a singer. Dee Dee's been carving out a path in the entertainment world since the tender age of 6, when he first toured with kid rapper MattyB. In fact, you probably recognize his hard-hitting energy and undeniable charisma from Step Up: High Water, Tyler Perry's If Loving You Is Wrong, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, or—super-casual—dancing behind Usher and Chris Brown.
My mentors have always told me, Never give up on yourself. Of course there'll come times when you're like, 'Maybe dance isn't for me. I'm probably better at something else.' There's always someone better than you are—so what? Work 10 times harder so you're better than they are! —Lil Dee Dee
Antonio "Kid Black" Smith (photo by Richard Hardt, courtesy Smith)
Your opponent is staring you down. Your reputation is on the line. You've entered the ring at a break-dancing battle—and it's time to work. But what makes a successful battler? We asked some A-list breakers for their tips on how to battle like a champion.