If you love dancing, then you probably would love watching great dances, especially from talented people. This dance movie is secretly dubbed as the most fun movie franchise out there. Even though it has scenes of gang altercations and rivalries, watching Step Up movies in order is still fun.
Step Up is an American romantic dance movie franchise created by Duane Adler. The franchise includes five films and a television series. That said, I’ll take you through the complete dance chronological order of these Step Up movies.
How Many Step Up Movies Are There?
In all, there are five Step Up movies. There is also an international series that started in 2018 and is still possibly ongoing.
Step Up Movies at a Glance
- Step Up (2006)
- Step Up 2: The streets (2008)
- Step Up 3D (2010)
- Step Up Revolution (2012)
- Step Up: All In (2014)
The international series
- Step Up: Year of the Dance (2019)
Step Up Movies In Order
1. Step Up (2006)
The very first installment of the franchise was released in 2006. Step Up was released by Touchstone Pictures and Summit Entertainment on August 11, 2006. Initially, it received many negative reviews from critics but went on to become a Box Office success.
In Baltimore, Maryland, Tyler Gage must work with Nora Clark when paired together in an exhibition. This is a dance exhibition that would decide the rest of their lives.
Following his break-in into an art school, Tyler is sentenced to 200 hours of community service at the same school. There, he got to watch Nora dance for the first time. When her dance partner has a sprained ankle, she goes in search of a replacement.
However, none of those auditioning gave her what she wanted until Tyler offered to help. An offer she initially turned down. Soon, their bond begins to grow.
It was only a matter of time before romance took place between the two. It was blooming, especially as they continued their routine choreography in preparation for the big audition. Despite all the success, tensions rise when Nora’s initial dancer partner, Andrew, returns.
Tyler, played by Channing Tatum, must prove himself to director Gordon to get admitted into the school. Similarly, Nora must impress, too, to be signed by a professional dance company.
2. Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
It was released on February 14, 2008, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film received better reviews than its predecessor and became a Box Office success as well. It was directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Toni Ann Johnson and Karen Barna.
“Step Up 2: The Streets” was a sequel to the initial Step Up and the second installment in the movie series. Still set in the Maryland school of arts, Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Will Kemp, and Cassie Ventura starred. This time, the story is about a rebellious street dancer Andie West.
After her mother dies from cancer, she finds herself at the school, and she moves in with her mother’s best friend. Andie must do everything to fit in, while also trying to remain who she was in the past.
When Sarah plans on sending Andie to live in Texas, she decides to audition in the elite dance school. There, she must compete for a space. Sadly, Andie is kicked out of the group when they discover how she came to be in the group.
Notwithstanding, She joins forces with Chase, the school’s hottest dancer; together they form a dance group. The group, which is made up of classmate outcasts, competes in the town’s underground dance battle, The Streets.
3. Step Up 3D (2010)
The third Step Up movie is written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer and directed by Jon M. Chu. It was released on August 6, 2010, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, through conventional 2D and 3D formats. The movie went on to become the biggest Box Office hit of the series.
In the third installment, Moose heads to New York University, majoring in electrical engineering. After promising his father not to dance anymore, the former dancer soon stumbles upon a dance battle.
He is motivated by the financial reward, especially as he is in dire need of money. He teams up with Luke Katcher and his House of Pirates dance crew to compete in the World Jam Dance Contest. The House of Samurai dance crew are their rivals, and they must defeat them to win the prize money.
In fashion, Moose has to choose between his studies and dance, between a test and a dance competition. Meanwhile, Luke’s new friend Natalie is the sister to the leader of their rival dance group. Natalie faces the hard decision of choosing between love and family.
She lies about everything but the romantic connection between her and Luke. However, this is only the beginning of many challenges that would hit the group leading to its disintegration. Moose, though, helps Luke bring back the House of Pirates.
In addition, he brings in extra members for the crew, including Camille, a dancer from The MSA Crew. Similarly, Natalie helps Luke and the Pirates win the World Jam competition.
4. Step Up Revolution (2012)
The fourth installment was written by Amanda Brody and directed by Scott Speer. Summit Entertainment released it on July 27, 2012, through conventional 2D and 3D formats. It became the first film in the series not to be co-produced by Touchstone Pictures after the acquisition by Lions Gate Entertainment.
Hence, the movie’s release by Summit Entertainment. Here, a group of impoverished Miami dancers is trying to get millions of views on YouTube to make money. While that is proving difficult, the daughter of a wealthy hotel developer is given only one summer to become a successful dancer.
A flash mob briefly shuts down Ocean Drive with some impressive dance entertainment. They do this by blocking street access with their retro convertibles and dancing to music blasted by DJ Penelope. A stunt the group leaders would later watch on the television at a restaurant kitchen where they worked.
In contrast, there are complaints about their public disturbance, while others praise it. The group pulls another stunt at the hotel’s beach club when they claim to be guests, not employees at the hotel. In like fashion, working as a waiter at the hotel brings Sean to the girl that would be instrumental later on.
At the bar, Emily tries to get a bartender’s attention but ends up preparing her beer. Sean is immediately impressed, asks for a beer, and Emily tells him it’s in the house after serving him. Eventually, they ended up dancing at the beach.
Their battle is short-lived when Emily sees one of her father’s business partners approaching. They meet the next day again; this time, Emily persuades Sean to let her take part in their next flash mob. It was scheduled to happen at a restaurant the week following.
Eventually, Sean and Eddy are sent to jail for being caught in the flash mob. This disintegrates the group. However, together with The Mob again, they plan one more performance. This time it is no longer a contest but a voice needing to be heard.
The last flash mob is aimed at William’s development’s public announcement. Emily’s father, William, intends to pull down some buildings for more futuristic development. With the help of members from the House of Pirates, the flash mob is successfully a hit.
William decides to build the community up rather than tear it down when he sees his daughter so happy.
5. Step Up: All in (2014)
Step Up: All In was written by John Swetnam and directed by Trish Sie. The movie was released on August 8, 2014, by Summit Entertainment. It wasn’t a Box Office success like the previous movie.
In this fifth installment, The Mob relocates to Los Angeles, trying to make a living from dancing. However, they are turned down at every audition. Finally, they are noticed and challenged to a dance battle by another crew, the Grim Knights, when they visit a club.
However, the flash mob is defeated, and they pack up and head back to Miami. Also, mostly because of financial difficulties as they see themselves unprepared for Los Angeles. While the group leaves, their leader, Sean, stays back for a while.
While there, Sean notices a dance competition, with the prize being a three-year Las Vegas booking. Instantly, he puts together a new crew with the help of Moose. The group then makes an audition video and is accepted into the competition a few weeks later.
Sean finds out that both the Grim Knights and The Mob are also in the competition. Thus, motivating the new group, LMNTRIX, to work harder upon reaching Las Vegas to compete. The first dance battle, a vortex exhibition match, pits LMNTRIX against The Mob.
The LMNTRIX emerged victorious as The Mob was angry at Sean for attempting some tricks. Realizing how selfish he had been, Sean apologizes to The Mob and eventually makes up with Andie and the LMNTRIX. As the main competition approaches, the group finds out the Grim Knights have been cheating through the competition host, Alexxa.
Moose and Camille join the group as The Mob joins forces with LMNTRIX for the competition. But of course, the final match is between LMNTRIX and the Grim Knights. In a series of twisted events, the LMNTRIX emerged winners, getting the three-year contract for their show.
6. Step Up: Year of The Dance (2019)
The Chinese company Infinity Pictures and Yue Hua entertainment produced the Chinese Step Up film. Ron Yuan directed it as the cast is made up of all Chinese. However, dubbed Step Up 6, the all-Chinese cast movie portrays the story of Youths from different social classes in Beijing.
They come together to form China’s best dance crew and learn what it takes to be family.