A group of teenagers compete to be the best performer of the summer while at Next Level, a specialized dance/hip-hop/songwriting performing arts program. The producer of the A Cinderella Story film series, Ilyssa Goodman, signed on to direct the film. The movie was conceptualized by a team experienced in the young adult world, which led to casting some of the biggest Gen Z talent.
The dance musical hybrid comedy-drama is described as a cross between High School Musical and Mean Girls. The soundtrack included nine original songs, including ones by Lauren Orlando, Hayden Summerall, Emily Skinner, Brooke Butler and Ellarose Kaylor.