Breaking Through

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Breaking Through
Breaking Through (film).jpg
Directed byJohn Swetnam
Produced byLuis Fragali
Fabio Golombek
Mike Jackson
Uri Singer
John Swetnam
Screenplay byJohn Swetnam
StarringSophia Aguiar
Robert Roldan
Jordan Rodrigues
Julie Warner
Les Twins
Release date
19 August 2015
Running time
90 min
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
Box office$180,000

Breaking Through (also known as Breaking Dance in Europe) is a 2015 American-English dance drama film written and directed by John Swetnam and starring Sophia Aguiar.


Casey is an average girl who has always wanted to become a famous dancer, but has never had a chance. She creates a Youtube channel and publishes dancing videos and doing tutorials to teach choreography, becoming a big hit in a short time. The girl is introduced in the celebrities world and the internet culture, giving interviews and appearing on television. But Casey discovers fame has a price and that envy goes its new way, not being able to trust even its old friends.



Breaking Through received mostly negative reviews.[1][2] Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter called it derivative.[3] Tat Wolfen from Saturday Star wrote that it was "yet another dance movie that has nothing new to offer".[4] Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times called it "a dance movie without good dancing".[5] Monica Castillo writing in The Village Voice said it was "convoluted drama" and had " tepid routines".[6] David Noh of Film Journal International thought it "could well rank as the blandest movie musical ever made."[7] On the positive side Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense Media gave it three stars, saying the story was "both familiar and heartwarming".[8]


  1. ^ "Breaking Through", Meta Critic
  2. ^ "Breaking Through", Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ Lowe, Justin (9 October 2015), "'Breaking Through': Film Review", Hollywood Reporter
  4. ^ Wolfen, Tat (17 October 2015), "Nothing new and full of tiring cliches", Saturday Star
  5. ^ Walsh, Katie (8 October 2015), "Review 'Breaking Through' is a dance movie without good dancing", Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Castillo, Monica (9 October 2015), "Breaking Through (NR)", Village Voice
  7. ^ Noh, David (7 October 2015), "Film Review: Breaking Through", Film Journal International
  8. ^ Chen, Sandie Angulo (23 October 2015), "Breaking Through", Common Sense MediaFilm Journal International

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