In StreetDance 3D, a group of London street dancers lose their main dancer to a rival dance gang and subsequently lose their rehearsal space. After trying to find a new location and raise money, they manage to secure a rehearsal space at a ballet school, thanks to one of its teachers, Helena (Rampling). The rehearsal space comes at a cost, though; Helena insists that the street dancers have to work with the school’s classically trained ballet dancers and include them in their dance routine, which they plan on performing at a street dance championship.

The clash between the classical dancers and street dancers is as predictable as it comes. Throw in a romantic relationship between street dancer Carly (Burley) and ballet dancer Tomas (Winsor), add a few dance battles in underground clubs; and you’ve got the basic formula of this standard dance film.

To be realistic, no one goes to these dance films for the story or acting. Instead, it’s the dancing show-offs that are the real case. A solid example of so, are the Step Up series that are very popular despite the awful acting and watered down plots. Last year’s latest instalment, Step Up 3D, is similar to what you’ll be seeing in StreetDance 3D – but with different settings and dance moves, and maybe even slightly better acting.

There haven’t been many British dance films in recent times; the most famous being Billy Elliot, but this film is definitely worth watching. StreetDance 3D is full of non-stop dancing scenes, which are quite enjoyable to watch. The actors and directors seemed to have learned from previous dance films that the winning ticket is to skip all the pointless drama, and focus instead on the choreography of the dance sequences and the filming techniques that show off the dancers’ talents.

The cast’s vehicle is full of young actors, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Apart from Rampling, the most recognizable face might be George Sampson, a 17-year-old dancer who appeared more than once on the popular TV show Britain’s Got Talent and also was the winner of the show’s 2008 series. This is promising evidence that there are indeed real talents in the film.

Enhanced by clever cinematography, the dance sequences really shine. The film was shot carefully to allow for the smallest details to be noted, with wide shots provided, using some of London’s landmark areas and sights as scene locations.

The 3D effects in StreetDance 3D aren’t that impressive, but still a suitable presentation since the film seems to be mainly targeting teenagers. Also, the lighting in the underground club, where the street dance battles take place, is quite disconcerting and can distract the viewer from enjoying the film to its fullest.

StreetDance 3D doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is the main key for its success. Younger audiences who enjoy dance films will surely enjoy watching this film. Still; it’s not that much different from the other recent dance films.