“Haven’t you ever wanted something so much that you had to go for it no matter what it took?”

YouTube and Lionsgate have released the official trailer and set the premiere date for Step Up: High Water, YouTube Red’s new original drama series based on the film franchise that grossed $650 million at the global box office. YouTube Red will premiere all episodes on January 31.


Starring Ne-Yo (The Wiz Live!, World of Dance) and Naya Rivera (Glee), the 10-episode drama focuses on several ambitious young dancers in a contemporary performing-arts school in Atlanta. The series touches on real issues around diversity and complex relationships — and of course, boasts some serious dance moves, as you’ll see in the trailer above.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who co-starred in the original 2006 Step Up film, executive produce the series adaptation along with the movies’ producers Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton.

Created and executive produced by showrunner Holly Sorensen (Recovery Road) Step Up: High Water stars Ne-Yo as Sage Odom, the legendary founder of Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School. Rivera portrays Collette, a former dancer-turned-High Water administrator whose passion for her students is only matched by her history with Sage and secrets of her own. The cast also includes Faizon Love, Lauryn McClain, Petrice Jones, Marcus Mitchell, Jade Chynoweth, Carlito Olivero, Terrence Green, R. Marcos Taylor, Eric Graise and Kendra Oyesanya.