John Legend teams with Madonna’s Dance On
The upcoming intense dance movie Breaking Through went for a unique casting call that had John Legend (who serves as producer of the film) teaming up with Madonna’s DanceOn, a leading YouTube dance video network that serves as a source for undiscovered talent. Dance On also has Guy Oseary, Allen DeBevoise and CEO Amanda Taylor as founders.
John Legend, a multiple Emmy Award-winner, also produced original music for the film and has pooled together the most talented dancers and choreographers. John Swetnam, known for his breakthrough screenwriting work in Step Up All In that reached blockbuster status, pens the movie’s screenplay and takes on the director’s chair.
Breaking Through, a modern coming-of-age dance film for the YouTube generation follows the journey of talented dancer Casey Wright (played by Sophia Aguiar), a 21- year old small town girl with dreams of stardom. After a Hollywood talent scout noticed her online hip-hop dance videos, she becomes an overnight sensation. As her popularity rises, Casey risks losing herself and everything she cares about, all for the sake of music and fame.
On writing and directing the film, Swetnam explains he researched on the current various types of underground venues featuring the latest dance styles. While doing so, he discovered that the new sub-culture of dance is really the Internet itself. Eventually he also discovered incredible dancers for the movie and reveals that the movie is more character-driven that was shot in raw using hand-held cameras.
“If you go on YouTube, you have all these people who have hundreds of thousands of followers and they make and post these amazing dance videos, and there’s kids from all over the world with huge followings. So I wanted to tell that story, so I could merge the Internet with dance,” Swetnam shared in recent interviews.
Breaking Through is the world’s first dance film of its kind, combining two sub-genres, dance movies and found footage. The movie also boasts a talented cast that includes Julie Warner, Jordan Rodrigues, Robert Roldan, Jay Ellis, Carlito Olivero, Bruna Marquezine, Shaun Brown, Dominic Sandoval, Taylor Locascio, and Lindsey Stirling.
It opens in theatres nationwide tomorrow from Axinite Digicinema.