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Best of Boston 2009

Review: Every Little Step

Dancers willing to do anything for their dream
By TOM MEEK  |  April 28, 2009
3.0 3.0 Stars

VIDEO: The trailer for Every Little Step

Dancing with the Stars may be all the rage, but what of those who dance their little hearts out in obscurity? This documentary from James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo shines a light on that world as 3000 dancers audition for a Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.

No glitz or highly edited voice-overs gussy up the portrayal of artists who brim with passion and are willing to do anything to pursue their dream. (The elimination process takes a year, and one performer is down to her last unemployment check by the time the final casting decisions are made.)

The production itself mirrors the need to dance and the sacrifice it demands, and the film's directors excel at weaving in comments from the show's originator, Michael Bennett, who died in 1987. Each performer has a rich story, and the personalities pop as they go before the casting panel, in particular one dancer who brings the panel (and the audience, for that matter) to tears.

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