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It seems cliché to call Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols’ documentary Flex is Kings moving, but the story of Brooklyn’s infamous flex dance scene – a hybrid of old school pop and lock and extreme break moves that put modern break dancing to shame – is an engrossing look at the dancers who devote their life to mastering their craft.

The film follows a group of talented flex dancers as they perform throughout New York City in parks and centers and theaters, enthralling audiences with gravity defying moves and insane contortions. The best moves are shoulder pops that may very well be dislocations – and from the audience’s gleeful and horrified reactions, it might be true. But they’re not just doing this as a hobby; dancing is their life and passion. As they gear up for the Brooklyn Battlefest, a no holds barred competition that crowns the best of the best in the scene, the film zeroes in on the biggest contenders and their stories.

There’s DJ Aaron, Anime, Kareem Baptiste, and a whole slew of dancers that get blink or you’ll miss autobiographies of sorts throughout the documentary. It’s the nature of the film – you’re presented with a dancer and slapped with their backstory in a quick snippet of their personal life, then shuffled along to the real meat of their story, their performances. It’s not necessarily a fault of the film, because their dancing is the real draw, but it does make it difficult to give depth to any characters or feel attached to their struggles and triumphs.

The exception is Jay Donn, (an exceptionally) talented member of the scene who is recruited to join a dance troupe putting on a production of Pinocchio. Jay is the true star of the documentary, and his unique style of dance gives the classic ballet an edge that drives their performance to unparalleled success. His story is given the most focus of the film, with good reason – it’s a fascinating look at a fish out of water as Jay grows from performing in the streets of Brooklyn to the prestigious Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The juxtaposition of Jay’s journey with his peers back in Brooklyn is a masterful piece of filmmaking in that there isn’t anyone you want to root for more; maybe that’s the point. While this film is about gearing up for a dance competition – and one member of the community who has found success beyond some gilded trophies – it’s about the community as a whole. It’s about highlighting the talents and mesmerizing moves that make flex dancing such a worthwhile scene.

And highlight was a deliberate use of wording; the documentary doesn’t delve deep enough into the scene to truly explore everything this world could possibly offer – it doesn’t seem like there’s enough time on the planet to interview everyone involved or cover every facet of the community to truly do so. But this brief glimpse into what some may have never have had the chance to see on their own is a worthwhile viewing.

Flex is Kings is a captivating documentary that brings flex dancing to attention, where it should have been all along. And hopefully will make Jay Donn a bonafide star.