In 2006, Step Up arrived at the tail end of something like a dance craze in American cinema, an era of sprightly, sweat-streaked films such as Save the Last Dance, You Got Served and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

The movie — a low-budget drama about a young ne'er-do-well who strives to prove his worth in a ballet recital at a prestigious inner-city arts school — was an unlikely candidate for blockbuster status, even on the heels of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance , which debuted the year before. Yet it proved extraordinarily successful, earning over $100

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