• Publication date: November 1, 2011

Beyond pride, beyond rivalry and beyond tradition Stomp the Yard: news

DJ Williams is an acclaimed street dancer in his native Los Angeles. After winning a heated battle between a rival team, along with a lucrative cash prize, he is robbed and beaten � alongside his brother Duron. While DJ left the brawl relatively unscathed, Duron was not so fortunate and suffered fatal injuries.

DJ Williams is an acclaimed street dancer in his native Los Angeles. After winning a heated battle between a rival team, along with a lucrative cash prize, he is robbed and beaten � alongside his brother Duron. While DJ left the brawl relatively unscathed, Duron was not so fortunate and suffered fatal injuries.

Despite his brother�s death DJ still faced charges for his role in the fight; rather than spend time in juvenile hall, his mother sends him to live with his aunt and uncle in Atlanta, where he will attend the prestigious, and historically black Truth University.

On the first day of school he meets April, a highly attractive female student who is unfortunately spoken for by an upperclassman named Grant. In order to get closer to April, the freshman signs up to be tutored by his love interest. Eventually he steals her away from Grant, but not without some struggle in between.

While at school DJ encounters a style of dance he has never seen before known as stepping. While he is impressed by its choreography, its traditional, highly structured form bothers him. After demoing his take on step dancing at a local club, he is soon scouted by two of Truth�s most prominent fraternities: the Theta Nu Theta and Mu Gamma Xi.

Eventually DJ pledges the Theta Nu Theta, and teaches its crew how to integrate some fresh, new Hip-Hop influenced dance moves into their routines. Unfortunately the Gamma Xi have been secretly videotaping the Theta�s rehearsals, preparing to steal all of the fraternity�s moves at an upcoming competition.

College life is so far rewarding for DJ but not for long. His seedy past back in Los Angeles will come back to haunt him, resulting in his dismissal from Truth and a breakup with April.

Stomp the Yard was filmed with a meager budget of $13 million, yet managed to gross a whopping $75 million across the globe. Due to its success a sequel is already in the works, and is slated for release in September 2010. The soundtrack was also highly profitable, featuring artists such as Pitbull, E-40, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and many more.

Year: 2007

Duration: 115 minutes

Genre: Drama/ Musical/Romance

Starring:

Columbus Short

Meagan Good

Ne-Yo

Darrin Henson

Brian White

Laz Alonso

Valarie Pettiford

Jermaine Williams

Allan Louis

Harry Lennix

Chris Brown

Director: Sylvain White

Rating: Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, some sexual material, and explicit language.