THE dance franchise, which began life in 2006 with a fresh-faced Channing Tatum, pops and locks through another sweat-drenched instalment directed by Trish Sie.
In the two years since Step Up 4: Miami Heat, hunky dancer Sean (Ryan Guzman) and his crew The Mob have moved to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams.
A fight about the rent ends with The Mob jettisoning Sean from their ranks to fend for himself. Depressed and alone, he relocates to his grandparents’ dance studio and sets his sights on a dance contest called The Vortex hosted by Alexxa Brava (Izabella Miko).
First prize is a lucrative three-year contract to perform in a Las Vegas hotel. Sean is convinced he can win the top prize, but he needs a talented crew around him, so he turns to old friend Moose (Adam G Sevani) to recruit the dancers. Moose finds the right mix of talent and ambition, including Andie (Briana Evigan) from Step Up 2 The Streets, who provides Sean with a potential love interest. Meanwhile, Moose has to carefully juggle his time between rehearsals and his relationship with Camille (Alyson Stoner).