• Publication date: July 1, 2011

Amongst Misfortune & Struggle Two Teens Overcome Save The Last Dance: Never Give Up Your Dreams

Sara Johnson is a hopeful ballet dancer aspiring to attend Juilliard School, a prestigious performing arts conservatory. After years of practice Sara lands an audition for the school and gives it her utmost effort.

Sara Johnson is a hopeful ballet dancer aspiring to attend Juilliard School, a prestigious performing arts conservatory. After years of practice Sara lands an audition for the school and gives it her utmost effort.

However rather than joy, her big night ends in tragedy and despair: Sara not only loses a great academic opportunity, but also her dear mother. Afraid of missing Sara�s pivotal performance, her mother sped recklessly to the event, crashing and subsequently dying due to fatal injuries.

The accident deeply scarred Sara. In some respects she felt responsible for the death, since her mother risked loss of life just to please her daughter. Yet there is no doubt a sense of frustration as well.

As the lone, successful parent of the house, the matriarch�s carelessness results in a situation far more devastating than a missed recital. No longer able to rely on her mother for inspiration, Sara forfeits dancing for good � or so she thinks.

Not only did Sara lose a parent, but she also lost her comfortable suburban lifestyle. The teenager�s father, Roy Johnson, left the household years ago and relocated to a rundown apartment in the south side of Chicago.

While she has no particularly harsh feelings for Roy, she is not exactly close to him either, especially since he is gone most of the time. Mr. Johnson is a lifelong, struggling jazz trumpeter who makes a living at local clubs during the evening and night; consequently he has little time to converse with his daughter.

Yet a change in location is not the only burden Sarah must endure. As a white girl living in a predominately black neighborhood she finds it difficult to blend in at school.

In spite of this she eventually befriends Chenille Reynolds, and more importantly her brother, Derek. Derek and Sara initially bond over a mutual love of dance, however with the boy�s help she begins to reconsider her departure from ballet and eventually starts preparing for second audition at Juilliard.

It is during Derek and Sara�s practice sessions that both discover their love for one another. He supports Sara in her dream to attend Juilliard, while she encourages him to study hard and gain acceptance to Georgetown Medical School.

She also learns a few things about dancing from Derek, who introduces the prude classical dancer to the more flavorful rhythms of Hip-Hop.

The couple�s relationship is not without its controversy and complications. As a highly successful and intelligent black teenager Derek is a hot commodity amongst the school�s black females, who are angered that he has chosen a white girl instead of them.

He must also fight against street temptations when a best friend needs his help in a neighborhood rivalry. Will he forfeit a shot at medical school to participate in a drive by?

At the same time Sara must decide if she can deal with the pressures of an interracial relationship, and whether her presence is hurting Derek rather than helping him.

This movie is rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, harsh language, and brief drug references.

Year: 2001

Runtime: 112 mins

Genre: Romance/ Drama

Starring:

Julia Stiles

Sean Patrick Thomas

Kerry Washington

Terry Kinney

Bianca Lawson

Fredro Starr

Directed by: Thomas Carter