Past Event28 Jul - 3 Aug 2017


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The Civic


If you’re coming to New Zealand International Film Festival in search of real-life heroines, the ‘Lethal Ladies’ of Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women are here to steal your hearts – before they dazzle you in a blaze of step dance fury.


Opened in 2009 with a mandate to send every student to university, the school is well attuned to the fractured home lives and poverty facing many of its brightest charges.

The film trails three very differently positioned seniors as each is guided through a nerve-wracking college application process. Where they find unity, relief and exhilaration is on the step dance team.

Under the new step mistress, that’s no walk in the park either: she’s pushing them to kill at the state dance-off.


Director Amanda Lipitz gets close to her subjects and into their relationships with the women who champion and challenge them: their mothers, an heroically persistent college counsellor, and the no-bullshit step coach. With so much effort concentrated on getting into college, the outcome of the step competition assumes a lesser significance than in the standard ‘Best in Show’ documentary, which only makes it more loaded when the big moment suddenly arrives.  


“Inspirational… Step tells a story that highlights the intertwining values of hope and education, and never loses sight of the idea that much more lies ahead.” — Steve Greene, Indiewire, USA


Visit to see the full schedule of films on at the 2017 New Zealand International Film Festival. 



Step Official Trailer

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