When you think of Baltimore these days, if you live outside the city limits, you likely think of the 2015 uprising and its devastation or the mean streets of West Baltimore, where much of the classic HBO TV series The Wire was filmed. You might even think of the TV shows Homicide or The Corner, all of which have contributed to the idea that Baltimore is a city choked in hopelessness and despair, especially in its inner city.
The documentary Step, out Friday, August 4 in select cities, then on to wide release August 18, may help change that image. Set in and around the Baltimore Leadership School For Young Women, the movie shadows three young women who started out in the school’s original sixth grade class who are now seniors. Blessin Giraldo, Tayla Solomon and Cori Grainger are also members of the school’s step team, Lethal Ladies, which provides an activity, an outlet and a little inspiration through dedicated step coach Gari McIntrye and the school’s amazing principal Paula Dofat.