AMERICA’S GOT TALENT meets YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN. When Steph and her dance partner Xavier are misconstrued as a couple during their StarrStruck audition, they find themselves in a fake-dating scheme to bolster their chance at winning. But closeted Xavier already has a boyfriend, and Steph soon falls for her high school rival: Mónica, StarrStruck soprano and fan favorite in the competition. As the finale approaches and the secret relationship flourishes, Steph must choose between her budding feelings and her chance at fame and fortune – or she risks losing both.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Collectively, Xavier and I have spilled all three of those things in our time at Red Ribbon Dance Studio. It sits in the midst of Seattle, nestled into the bustle of the city. It’s a squat gray brick of a structure with ivy crawling up one of its exterior walls that no one in their right mind would call pretty. As my art teacher from freshman year might say, the studio looks like someone chewed up the concept of Bauhaus architecture and spat this out instead.
The building, which as aforementioned is ugly as hell, holds a gem at its heart. Red Ribbon is, functionally, our home away from home.
The moment I push open the glass door that fronts the studio, I pause and inhale as deeply as I can. Thoughts of the end of August slip out of my head as I enter; they are replaced by the scent of sawdust and the feeling that the air in here is lighter.