Appearing in a Kanye West video (“Fade”) changed plenty for dancer Teyana Taylor. Being the focal point in a video by a huge international music star led to the dancer/actress getting work in two television series and now the Bille Woodruff (Honey 3: Dare to Dance, Drumline: A New Dance) directed Honey: Rise Up and Dance.
Skyler (Teyana Taylor – Madea’s Big Happy Family, Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming) is looking to make some big changes in her life. She has been a respected street dancer, but is looking for something different. Trying out for the same dance crew as her sister Tosha (Sierra Aylina McClain – from television’s Empire). Tosha, who is a trained dancer, discourages her sister, but it falls on deaf ears. Skyler’s boyfriend and family also argue against the move as they don’t think she has what it takes.
Needing this to earn a scholarship, Skyler trains really hard. Working within the underground dance scene in Atlanta. While doing this she catches the eye of Tyrell (Bryshere Y. Gray – from television’s Empire). They begin to work together to help Skyler attain her dreams.
The third instalment of the Honey dance film series took everything a step backwards. This one, while not going to make anyone’s end of year best film list, reinvigorates the whole thing. Dance is the reason everyone is here and it does not disappoint for the most part though I would have liked the final dance sequence to have a little more oomph. Taylor and Gray show some decent chemistry making you believe that relationship. Though as far as the story goes there could have been more of a focus on the whole romance aspect.