In 2002, the Disney Channel released Gotta Kick It Up! and it quickly became one of their most beloved made-for-TV movies. Inspired by a true story, the film follows the Latin American members of a junior high school dance team and their path to triumph. Like many stars of the Disney Channel movies (DCOM) of the early 2000s, the actors of Gotta Kick It Up! have moved on to successful performing careers, although some have chosen a life outside the spotlight.
Set in a Southern California middle school, Gotta Kick It Up! follows a group of girls who are devastated to learn that the school won't have a dance team anymore. Luckily, their new biology teacher Miss Bartlett agrees to coach them. As she pulls the dancers together, the girls find their voices and become strong, empowered young women. The movie culminates, of course, in an epic dance-off.
Let's find out where the cast of Gotta Kick It Up! is now.
Gina Gallego followed up her role as Mrs. Cortez in Gotta Kick It Up! with a number of spots in both film and television. Her film credits include Mr. Deeds, Anger Management, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. On the small screen, Gallego's resume is particularly impressive. She's guest-starred on The O.C., The Middle, and Station 19. She's also had recurring roles on Days of Our Lives and Shooter. Currently, she portrays Mrs. Hernandez on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Gallego is married to actor/producer Joel Bailey; together they have a son Brendan.
- Age: 65
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
After her role as Ms. Kim in Gotta Kick It Up!, Elizabeth Sung continued working on screens large and small. She had a prominent role in Memoirs of a Geisha and recurring roles on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Flashforward, and Shameless. She guest-starred on a number of shows, including The Sopranos, Mike & Molly, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sung was also a respected acting teacher and mentor to young performers.
She passed away in 2018 at the age of 63.
- Age: Dec. at 63
- Birthplace: Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Suilma Rodriguez Took A Hiatus From Acting Before Returning To The Screen In 2009
The role of Marisol in Gotta Kick It Up! was Suilma Rodriguez's professional debut. She didn't make another screen appearance until 2009, when she was cast in several short films. She also appeared in the finale of Looking on HBO.
As of 2019, Rodriguez is married and lives in Los Angeles.
- Age: 35
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Jhoanna Flores Joined The Cast Of 'The Young And The Restless'
After playing Alyssa in Gotta Kick It Up!, Jhoanna Flores had a few one-time guest spots on notable television shows like Criminal Minds before landing a recurring role on The Young and the Restless in 2013. She played Adriana Stone for 13 episodes.
Since then, Flores's career has been quiet. In 2017, she married Josh Gold.