Stomp The Yard

Theatrical Release: January 12, 2007
Stomp The Yard


When DJ (Columbus Short), a troubled youth from Los Angeles, moves to Atlanta to attend Truth University, he discovers “stepping,” the age-old style of dance traditionally done in African-American Fraternities, where teams demonstrate complex moves and create rhythmic sounds by using their bodies. DJ’s raw talent and hip-hop inspired moves quickly place him at the center of a fierce rivalry between two fraternities, the winner of which will be determined in front of a sold-out arena at the annual stepping championships. But before he can help his teammates, he must battle his own demons and learn the true meaning of brotherhood.

A compelling drama about the quest for individuality and the power of fraternity, “Stomp the Yard” features some of the most original and exhilarating dance performances ever filmed.

Dove Review

This film has a lot of energy and some good moments. A character named DJ gets a fresh start at Truth University in Altanta following the death of his younger brother, who is shot and killed in Los Angeles. DJ connects with a girl at the college and learns about “stepping,” a traditional dance of African-American fraternities. He grows as a character and is a very talented dancer who becomes a team player to help in a dance competition. In a nice touch, one of the teams recites The Lord’s Prayer before a competition.

Unfortunately, the flim misses the mark with some strong language, including a GD, and Dove never approves movies which uses God’s name in vain. There is also a couple of uses of the middle finger. We encourage our family viewers to “step up” to another line, and watch a family-friendly film like “Charlotte’s Web” or “A Night at the Museum.”

Content Description

Sex: Kissing; close-ups of girl's rear; sexual innuendos scattered throughout the film including the dancing; the mention of condoms a few times.
Language: GD-1; H-12; A-9; S-2; D-6; B-3; Sexual slang; Racial slang.
Violence: Street violence; some blood; a few fights.
Drugs: Drinking in a couple of scenes.
Nudity: Cleavage
Other: DJ gets into the university without admitting the street trouble he had gotten into and his arrest record. Ultimately, this situation works out.The middle finger is used a couple of times.


Company: Sony/Screen Gems
Writer: Robert Adetuyi and Gregory Ramon Anderson
Director: Sylvain White
Producer: William Packer
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 115 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter