Brothers Mac and Skinny Carter and their best friend Tyler Gage attend a party where they have a fight with their nemesis, PJ. Following the party, the trio break into the Maryland School of Arts and trash the theatre,. When a security guard appears, Tyler helps the two escape, accepting full blame for the vandalism himself.He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service at the school. There, he watches Nora Clark’s dance class preparing for her “senior showcase”, an audition performance which will determine if she gets a position with an attending professional dance company.Step Up 2006.
When Mac and Skinny visit Tyler on the school’s lot, Nora watches from a window as Tyler dances with his friends, mockingly a mashup of break-dance and the moves he recently observed. When Andrew, her dance partner sprains an ankle, she finds herself without a partner for her routine.
Auditioning sophomores to replace him, none meet her expectations. Tyler offers to help, but Nora initially refuses. After proving he can handle the routine, she reconsiders, convincing Director Gordon to let him rehearse with her. Initially, they clash, but as rehearsals continue, they grow closer, and learn from each other. Tyler also befriends Miles, a music student with a crush on Nora’s friend, Lucy.
Nora’s bond with Tyler grows, and one day she takes him to a special spot on the waterfront where she first envisioned her routine. She had always imagined it as an ensemble dance, rather than a duet. Tyler is inspired to help her dream come true, recruiting younger dancers from the school to perform in her number. Brett signs a recording deal with a company, betrays Miles, to get the opportunity. Disgusted, Nora breaks up with him. Meanwhile, Tyler continues to try to balance his new goals, new friends, and nurturing a troubled relationship with his old ones.
Tyler asks Director Gordon if she will admit him into the school, and is told he must prove he deserves a chance. Nora suggests using the showcase also as his entrance audition. After dancing together at a club where Miles and Lucy perform, Tyler and Nora finally kiss. Rehearsals continue until Andrew returns, seemingly healed from his injury. Feeling he is no longer needed, Tyler angrily accuses Nora of using him like Brett treated Miles.