Duane Adler (born 1968/1969) is an American screenwriter and director who is known for writing numerous dance films, including Save the Last Dance (2001) and Step Up (2006). The films grossed over $250 million each, which BroadwayWorld noted as being in the top ten all-time box office for dance films. The Baltimore Sun said, "Adler established himself as one of the go-to screenwriters for 21st-century dance movies."Step Up became a franchise, and sequel films based on his characters grossed over $651 million worldwide. Adler also had his directorial debut with the 2013 film Make Your Move and also directed the 2017 film Heartbeats.