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  • From Busby Berkeley’s Elite Squad: the Enemy Within

Last week the Washington-based critic Trevor Link posted a provocative rave review of Step Up Revolution, arguing that the movie’s politics live up to the title. The movie apparently touches on contemporary class struggle, not only in its thin between-the-dances narrative, but in the choreography itself. Citing a climactic scene in which Adam Sevani “[dances] wildly and [bounces] off a phalanx of dancers dressed in crowd control gear,” Link makes the case that, in the film, “dance dramatizes the plight of the individual against organized oppression, a sight unmistakably reminiscent of the Occupy protests. This is dance at its most cinematic, using the medium to create unique meanings incapable of being expressed otherwise.”