No more dance battles, says star
Step Up 4 starlet Kathryn McCormick has revealed that the fourth film in the franchise has raised the bar once again.
The contemporary-trained dancer and finalist from American TV series So You Think You Can Dance was picked for the lead role of aspiring dancer Emily by director Scott Speer despite having no acting experience, after impressing producer Adam Shankman with her performance at the 2010 Oscars.
She said that the fourth instalment, titled Miami Heat, doesn't feature dance battles: "There's no more battling, there are flash mobs instead. It's all different styles. I think it's really rare that you see a dance film that doesn't have some sort of battling at some point. This film just represents dance in such a positive light."
Kathryn, who prefers not to divulge her real age, revealed she never expected to be given the opportunity to act.
"This is something I never thought I would be doing in a million years. It's surreal, and I'm so grateful for this opportunity," she said.
"I've been dancing for a long time, about three years professionally, and if I look back four years ago, I could never have imagined myself in this position. For the director and producers to believe in me and give me a chance was incredible."
:: Step Up 4: Miami Heat opens in cinemas on August 10, with the accompanying soundtrack available now.