Step Up 2 isn’t the The Biggest Dance Battle in Youtube History, it’s the directorial debut of Jon M. Chu. The 2004 USC graduate recruited dancers off of YouTube and MySpace to be part of Step Up 2. (One of those dancers is Adam Sevani aka Moose. Without Adam, the ACDC Crew would not have been created.) Jabbawockeez was also in the film before they won America’s Best Dance Crew. The rain sequence in the movie is also Jon M Chu’s idea inspired from “Dancing in the Rain.”
Here’s the synopsis for Step Up 2
“Step Up 2 the Streets” is the follow-up to the smash hit “Step Up,” which ignited theaters in August 2006. When rebellious street dancer Andie (Briana Evigan) lands at the elite Maryland School of the Arts, she finds herself fighting to fit in while also trying to hold onto her old life. When she joins forces with the school’s hottest dancer Chase (Robert Hoffman) to form a crew of classmate outcasts to compete in Baltimore’s underground dance battle The Streets, she ultimately finds a way to live her dream while building a bridge between her two separate worlds.
Featuring the directorial debut of award-winning up-and-comer Jon M. Chu, “Step Up 2 the Streets” reunites much of the production team behind the original film including “Step Up’s” cutting-edge hip-hop choreographer Jamal Sims, who is joined this time by choreographers Hi-Hat (“hip-hop’s high diva of dance”) and Dave Scott (“Stomp the Yard”).
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Director Jon M. Chu and actor/dancer Harry Shum promoting Step Up 2 DVD