Kiwi dance movie lacks real class

Monday October 05, 2015 Written by Published in Entertainment
Tia Maipi makes his debut as Tu in the movie Born to Dance which is made in New Zealand. In this still picture from the movie, he leads his crew Too Freaky. Tia Maipi makes his debut as Tu in the movie Born to Dance which is made in New Zealand. In this still picture from the movie, he leads his crew Too Freaky.

I had some high expectations when I visited Empire Cinema to watch Born to Dance on Thursday night, but I went away disappointed

 

Born to Dance looked quite freaky in the trailers and sadly, that’s the best description I can give it.

This Kiwi effort doesn’t even approach the class of real dance flicks such as “Step Up.”

Born to Dance was written by Steve Barr, Hone Kouka and Casey Whelan and marks the directorial debut of New Zealand actor Tammy Davis.

It’s about a small town boy with a dream of becoming a professional hip hop dancer.

Tu (Tia Maipi) lives with his military dad in Auckland and during his spare time, practices his moves with close buddies.

His dad wants him to apply for the army but he accepts the invitation of top New Zealand hip hop group and three time world champion K Crew for an audition to be part of the crew.

Tu meets Sasha (Kherington Payne), who is a member of the K Crew and the girlfriend of group leader Kane (Jordan Vaha’akolo). And as expected, the two become fond of each other.

On selection day, Kane tells Tu and the other hopefuls that they held auditions for the sole purpose of stealing the moves from up and coming hip hop dancers.

Dejected Tu forms a group from the rejected dancers, vows to take on the K Crew in the national competition – and you can guess the rest.

There are a couple of stories going on here, and just when you think it’s too much to take, then comes the stage performance which will at least get your feet moving.   Just don’t expect too much more from this movie, which is apparently the first of its kind to be made in New Zealand.

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