Street dancing, and the story of one’s love to move to the beat took American teens by storm with the big screen production of Step Up. The craze for street dance became a phenomenon throughout the streets of the United State. This form of dancing became a way for teens of all backgrounds to express themselves.
The Way We Dance gave a very insightful glimpse into the youth of Hong Kong. Though the Hong Kong culture is not the same as that in America, the teens in Hong Kong experience much of the same trails and tribulations as American teens. The main character of the film, Fleur, was a freshman college student from a middle class family who had an insane love for street dancing. As this clip of outtakes that was shown at the 10/11/13 HIFF screening shows much of the stunts that were shown in the movie were actually done by the actors and actresses themselves. The actors and actresses did not have any prior acting experience, and had practices hours on end to perfect the street dancing stunts that were shown in the movie.
Throughout the movie the teens would be dancing not in singles or pairs, but in groups. It could be seen that a lot of time and effort must have had to be put into the preparation and filming of the dance scenes. The teens would dance different moves, and there had to be a lot of choreographed planning that was put into place so that it all came together for the audience members. The movie was very professionally done, and it was amazing that the cast consisted of mostly college students who had no prior acting experience.