How She Move

How She Move is a 2007 drama film directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid and starring Rutina Wesley, Clé Bennett and Romina D'Ugo. The film showcases the street culture of step dancing. The film is produced by Celluloid Dreams, Sienna Films, Paramount Vantage and MTV Films.

How She Move
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Promotional film poster
Directed byIan Iqbal Rashid
Written byAnnmarie Morais
Produced byBrent Barclay
Colin Brunton
Jennifer Kawaja
Claire Prieto
Julia Sereny
StarringRutina Wesley
Dwain Murphy
Tracey "Tre" Armstrong
Brennan Gademans
Clé Bennett
Kevin Duhaney
CinematographyAndré Pienaar
Edited bySusan Maggi
Music byAndrew Lockington
Distributed byMongrel Media (Canada)[2]
Paramount Vantage (International)
Release dates
  • January 23, 2007 (2007-01-23) (Sundance)
  • January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15) (Canada)
  • January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
United States
Budget$17 million
Box office$8,533,187


Unable to afford the tuition needed to fund her private school education, Rayanna or Raya (Rutina Wesley) returns to her family home in the city while reluctantly re-evaluating her future. Upon learning that the top prize for an upcoming step-dancing competition is $50,000, Raya uses her impressive moves to earn a coveted slot in her good friend Bishop's (Dwain Murphy) predominantly male JSJ crew. Isolated from the local women due to jealousy and separated from her fellow dancers by her sex, the ambitious dancer is subsequently kicked off the team for showing off during a preliminary competition. Now, if Raya has any hope of realizing her medical school dreams, she will have to either earn back Bishop's trust or organize her own dance crew and start over from scratch. In the end, she eventually learns "how she move".


Production and releaseEdit

How She Move was originally slated to open in Canada in March 2007, but when it picked up a distribution deal from American companies Paramount Vantage and MTV Films (both owned by Viacom) at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the release date was pushed back to allow for reshooting several of the dance sequences, particularly the finale.[3] The film was shot on Super 16mm for $5 million, and Paramount invested another $2 million in the new sequences, re-editing and new sound mix. They created a new soundtrack with American and Canadian hip-hop artists. The film was originally set and shot in Toronto, however; Paramount edited out references of the team travelling from Toronto to Detroit for the dance competition following test audience screenings.[4] They, along with MTV, spent another $10 million in promotion and distribution to 1500 theatres in the United States and 50 in Canada.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

How She Move delivered mainly positive critical response. On its Rotten Tomatoes listing, 67% of critics gave it positive response, based on 73 reviews. The critical consensus for the film was "energetic and gritty, despite a formulaic plot".[6]

Home video releaseEdit

Having been released in U.S. theaters on January 25, 2008, the film was released on DVD on April 29. The film was also released in Australian cinemas on April 10, 2008, and will be available on DVD on September 4.


On dec 2019 the film was released online on the Canada Media Fund’s Encore+ YouTube channel.


According to the film's MySpace page, the official track listing is as follows:

  1. "G-Slide (Tour Bus)" – Lil Mama feat. Kadar
  2. "Out Here" – Mayhem Morearty
  3. "My Boots" – Montell Jordan
  4. "Perfect" – Carl Henry
  5. "Jane & Finchin'" – Smugglaz
  6. "It Don't Make Any Difference To Me" (acoustic version) – Kevin Michael feat. Akil Dasan
  7. "Hot Hot Hot" – Montell Jordan
  8. "Reflectionz" – Fenom
  9. "Ms. Golly" – Lenn Hammond
  10. "Rude Girl Remix" – Montell Jordan
  11. "Monster" – Saukrates
  12. "Work That Stick" – Montell Jordan
  13. "Still Burnin'" – Fenom
  14. "Don't Let It Slip Away" – Mood Ruff
  15. "Tempo" – K Smith
  16. "Touch it" – Busta


  1. ^ "How She Move". bfi. Retrieved 17 September 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "How She Move". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  3. ^ Sundance deal helped punch up How She Move CBC
  4. ^ How she move that 49th parallel, MacLean's, January 17, 2008
  5. ^ Brantford screenwriter hits it big Archived 2012-07-22 at, Brantford Expositor, February 1, 2008
  6. ^ "How She Move (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-08-01.

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