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Baltimore dancer from 'Step' movie to audition on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

To Pigtown resident Blessin Giraldo, "step is life" — and she's determined to let the world know.

The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women alumna, who is prominently featured in Owings Mills native Amanda Lipitz's documentary "Step," will take her rhythmic footwork to Fox's reality dance competition show "So You Think You Can Dance."

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The 18-year-old, who was a founding member and captain of the step team at her school, said she auditioned for 14th season of the show in Los Angeles earlier this year with a step routine — something that she hadn't seen from the other participants this year.

"Stepping is a part of who I am, and I'm focusing on making that more mainstream and helping other young adults, other women and other men around the world understand what stepping can do for you," said Giraldo, adding that she was a fan of the TV show growing up and has long aspired to showcase her talent around the world.

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Owings Mills native Amanda Lipitz won a special jury prize at Sundance for her documentary "Step," which follows the step team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, and the lives, ambitions and creative expressions of three of its young members. But when asked about her recent success, she gave all the credit to the film's stars.

The audition was "the perfect opportunity, the perfect timing," said Giraldo, despite her never receiving any professional training.

"I'm basically self-taught. I operate on my natural abilities as a creative dancer," she said, adding that she has practiced modern dance at her church and has done tap for a few plays, but hip-hop has always been a major inspiration in her step routines.

"Audiences will be intrigued" by what she brings to the stage, she said.

"Typical dancing requires a beat, an instrument and it requires some type of music. I'm up there performing. I'm speaking, and I'm creating the beat. I'm all in one — a performing machine," said Giraldo, but to her, it's all much more than stepping, she said.

Giraldo wants to inspire people to "step out."

"Baltimore is really known as a poisonous environment, for having gun violence and high rates of domestic abuse … I want to take these opportunities to show people around the world, not only the country, what Baltimore can bring, and not just Baltimore, but women … black women," she said.

"I've never taken a dance class, but that doesn't mean I don't feel confident enough to go on a well-renowned show and break out of the box and do stepping," she said. "I just want to let everyone know -- just dare to be different."

To see Giraldo's audition, tune into "So You Think You Can Dance" 8 p.m. June 19 on Fox.

The documentary "Step," also featuring Giraldo, will be in theaters Aug. 4.

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