Broadway.com just posted a tribute article to Make Your Move screenwriter and Director, Duane Adler. We’ll let you read the post in its entirety here, but here is a bit of the article.
Adler is undoubtedly a key contributor to the re-emergence of the enormous, enduring appeal of music and dance in American popular culture. Adler’s original screenplays for Save The Last Dance and Step Up both pre-figure the Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance craze and arguably established the careers of then-newcomers Julia Stiles, Kerry Washington and Channing Tatum.
Both Save The Last Dance and the Step Up films also have elements of diversity and transcendence when it comes to culture, race and economic class, common threads in all Adler’s work.
“Our story is set in Brooklyn, one of the most ethnically diverse cities and neighborhoods in the world. I wanted the film to reflect that. The diversity of our cast feels very ‘today’, especially as our world has shrunk on a global scale, and young people are exposed to so much cultural range, in the classroom, in their daily lives and via the internet,”comments Adler.
Top Row: Choreographer and Cobu Girl Yako Miyamoto, Cobu Girl Haruna Hisada
Middle Row: Tapper Toya Robinson, Tapper Shawn Byfield, Choreographer and Tapper Nick Gonzalez, Tapper Chloe Arnold, Leading Man Derek Hough
Bottom: Choreographer Famous Jae