Jenna Dewan-Tatum Thinks It’s ‘Insane’ Dancers Find The Film ‘Step Up’ Inspiring
In the early 2000’s, dancers were obsessed with the film “Step Up.” The film, starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, was part of a genre in which dance wasn’t just added in, but central to the plot.
But Dewan-Tatum, who is now a host on NBC’s upcoming dance competition show “World Of Dance,” recently expressed surprise that the film has been an inspiration to dancers.
During a “World Of Dance” press event in New York City, the actress said she was amused that many of the competitors on the show gushed about the movie backstage when they met her.
“A lot of these kids would say to me ‘Step Up’ made them dance. And that would just like blow me away,” she said. “First of all that’s insane. That’s insane to me.”
Dewan-Tatum spends quite a bit of time backstage with “World of Dance”contestants before and after their performances. She provides encouragement and advice, as well as comfort and support. And all of it, she said, she wishes she had access to when she was in their shoes.
“[Competitors] would ask a lot of questions, like ‘Do you think this performance has enough pizazz? Does it have enough technique in it?'” she said. “They wanted my guidance. I really love being able to be that for this new generation of dancers and the support. I would have loved that growing up.”
As a competitive dancer growing up, she knows the struggles dancers face, she said, noting she loved how “full circle” the process has been for her.
“I was really able to go back into my mind and put myself back in a teenager when I was dancing competitively and give guidance I wish I would have had,” she added.
But most of all, Dewan-Tatum said she would have loved to be a contestant on “World Of Dance” if it had been around before she made it big in the dance world.
“This competition would have been my biggest goal when I was a competitive dancer,” she said. “I don’t know if I would have been able to make it on the show, but I would have tried. It would have been it. It would have been my biggest goal.”