‘High Strung’ coming to theaters in April

Dance film High StrungThe long-awaited dance movie High Strung is finally coming to theaters across the country on the week of April 8-14!


High Strung is about Ruby Adams, a dancer from the Midwest on scholarship in New York City, meeting and falling for Johnnie Blackwell, a British musician playing for money in the subway tunnels.


“Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When a hip-hop battle gone wrong throws these two artists together, they immediately clash but can’t deny it when sparks begin to fly,” states the film synopsis. “Their lives quickly get entangled in the pitfalls that come with competing in New York City. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, Ruby and Johnnie must find a way to save Ruby’s scholarship and keep Johnnie from being deported.”


Dance Informa had the pleasure of interviewing High Strung choreographer Dave Scott (You Got Served, Step Up 2: The Streets) last summer when the film was expected to have a January release. Read what Scott shared here.


In addition, Dance Informa caught up with the film’s lead ballerina Keenan Kampa, who plays Ruby Adams, and dancer Marcus Emanuel Mitchell, who plays hip-hop dancer Hayward Jones III, at DancerPalooza in Long Beach last July. Learn 14 things you might not have known about Kampa here and hear all about Mitchell’s journey into dancing and acting here.


The movie will be screened in theaters in the following cities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Evansville, IL; Fayetteville, AR; Grand Rapids, MI; Hartford, CT; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Jackson, MS; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Montgomery, AL; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Norfolk, VA; Oklahoma City, OK; Omaha, NE; Orlando, FL; Palm Springs, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; San Diego, CA; South Bend, IN; St. Louis, MO; Tallahassee, FL; Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL; Tulsa, OK; Washington D.C.; and West Palm Beach, FL. Reserve individual tickets at www.fandango.com.


Don’t see your city? No problem! The film is partnering with a service called Tugg, which makes it easy for any person or group to request their very own screening in a theater near them. Find out how by watching a message from Director Michael Damian at www.highstrungthemovie.com/request-a-screening.


Visit www.highstrungthemovie.com for further information.




For those super eager fans, there will be a live stream of the High Strung premiere in L.A. today, Tuesday, March 29 at 6 pm PST. Viewers are welcome to experience the red carpet live in multi-cam HD followed by a live performance from Dance Moms star Nia Sioux dancing with contest winners from across the country. While the film is playing, viewers will see behind-the-scenes clips from the High Strung National Bus Tour and Music Video. Watch the live stream here!