Save the Last Dance 2
|Save the Last Dance 2|
|Directed by||David Petrarca|
|Produced by||Eric Hetzel|
|Written by||Duane Adler
|Cinematography||David A. Makin|
|Edited by||Trudy Ship|
|Distributed by||Paramount Home Entertainment|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Save the Last Dance 2 (also known as Save the Last Dance 2: Stepping Up) is a direct-to-video sequel to 2001's theatrical feature Save the Last Dance. It was released to DVD on October 10, 2006 by Paramount Home Entertainment and MTV. While featuring some returning characters, none of the cast (including Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas) or storylines are retained from the original film. Rhythm and blues singer Ne-Yo makes an appearance in the film.
The film is set soon after the original, where Sara (originally played by Julia Stiles and now portrayed by Izabella Miko) has been accepted to Juilliard School of Dance after her successful audition. She moves to New York City for school, and it is mentioned in passing that she and Derek decided to break up. Sara quickly befriends her roommate Zoe (Aubrey Dollar), and her classmate Marcus (Matthew Watling) and finds a rival in Katerina (Maria Brooks). She is eager to study under the famed Monique Delacroix (Jacqueline Bisset) but is disappointed to find out that Delacroix is old school and has little to no use for the influence of any other form of dance on ballet, especially hip-hop.
During orientation on her first day at Juilliard, Sara meets Miles Sultana (Columbus Short), who is her professor for 'Introduction to Hip-Hop Theory'. She becomes torn between wanting to pursue her passion for hip hop and wanting to impress Delacroix.
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- Izabella Miko as Sara Johnson
- Columbus Short as Miles Sultana
- Jacqueline Bisset as Monique Delacroix
- Aubrey Dollar as Zoe
- Ian Brennan (writer) as Franz
- Maria Brooks as Katrina
- Tracey 'Tre' Armstrong as Candy
- Seana McKenna as Simone Eldair
- Cameron Wiley as Dancer
- Ne-Yo as Mixx
Christopher Null of Filmcritic.com was critical of the film, complaining it "retreads the original Dance pretty much completely". He notes that Miko lacks the girl-next-door charm of Stiles, but suggests she does make for a more credible ballerina.
The film was released on DVD October 10, 2006. The DVD includes a making of feature.