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Step Up: High Water

Step Up: High Water

  • Premiered: 
    January 31, 2018
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  • Network: YouTube Red
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the series of theatrical films (Step Up; Step Up 2: The Streets; Step Up 3D; Step Up Revolution; Step Up: All In) 
  • Subject Matter: School
  • Tags: dance

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Plot Synopsis

Based on the STEP UP film franchise, this music-filled drama series focuses on several ambitious young dancers at High Water, a contemporary performing arts school in Atlanta. When twins Tal and Janelle relocate from Ohio, they find themselves thrust into a world where every move is a test. As they attempt to navigate their new world -- on and off the dance floor -- they'll discover just how deep they're willing to dig to realize their dreams and seize their moment. Ne-Yo stars as Sage Odom, who leads the High Water Performing Arts School, and Naya Rivera stars as Collette Jones, a former dancer turned administrator, who shares a history with Sage. STEP UP: HIGH WATER is created and executive produced by showrunner Holly Sorenson. Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton, all producers of the original STEP UP films, also executive produce, along with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who both co-starred in the original STEP UP film. All 10 episodes of STEP UP: HIGH WATER debuted on YouTube Red on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. In select theaters across America one day before the official series premiere, moviegoers were treated to a "Step Up: High Water Premiere Event" on Tuesday, January 30 at 7pm local time. This one-night theatrical event featured the original movie STEP UP, the first episode of STEP UP: HIGH WATER, and behind-the-scenes footage from the new series.

Season 2 of STEP UP: HIGH WATER premiered on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, as YouTube Premium. This season the students are prepping for the performance of a lifetime, as they get ready to take the stage on 'Sage's' comeback tour. Drama surrounds the High Water students and teachers in the weeks before opening night. The second season will feature bigger dance battles mixed with new relationships and spotlights on family struggles. The sophomore season features guest appearances by choreographers Travis Wall. and JaQuel Knight, as well as Jermaine Dupri, Rick Ross, Todrick Hall, and more.
On Thursday, May 28, 2020 Starz announced it ordered a new season of STEP UP, featuring many popular characters from previous seasons of the series, while expanding the scope and storytelling as a 10-episode STARZ Original series. The upcoming season will see Sage, Colette and their relationship challenged as they face criminal charges, financial ruin and powerful political enemies who want to destroy Sage and High Water. Tricia Helfer, who joins the series this season will portray Erin, alongside stars Ne-Yo and Naya Rivera and returning series regulars including Petrice Jones as Tal, Faizon Love as Uncle Al, Marcus Mitchell as Dondre, Jade Chynoweth as Odalie, Carlito Olivero as Davis, Terrence Green as Rigo, Eric Graise as King, and Kendra Oyesanya as Poppy.

"The latest installment of STEP UP not only re-imagines the entire franchise but is filled with high energy, lots of heart and electrifying dance moves, and we're very excited to reunite the talented cast and creative teams for another great season," said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.

"Holly and her team have created a new and dynamic iteration of the series that captures the hallmarks that have made the STEP UP franchise so successful and elevates the storytelling for the premium, global audience," said Christina Davis, President, Original Programming for Starz. "This, coupled with the worldwide appeal of the multi-talented, multicultural cast, will make this series a great addition to our slate."


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by YouTube
  • Produced by Lionsgate


  • High Water Performing Arts School - Atlanta, Georgia USA