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A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.

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Jody
Christine Dunham ...
Audition Teacher
Stephen Stout ...
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Laura Hicks ...
Nervous Mother
Barbara Caruso ...
ABA Scout
Jeff Hayenga ...
ABA Scout (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
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Eva (as Zoë Saldana)
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Thomas
Karen Shallo ...
Mother at Audition
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Eva's Friend
Giselle Daly ...
Eva's Friend
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Maureen
Shakiem Evans ...
Erik (as Shakiem Evens)
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Storyline

The education of three young students, Jodie, Eva and Maureen, as they study at the American Ballet Academy. Life isn't what they expected at the esteemed ABA, and all three face problems along the road. Jodie doesn't have the "ideal" body for dancing, Eva doesn't have the right attitude, and Maureen doesn't have the heart. Along the way, they learn that love can be found in unlikely places, and dancing should be a passion, not a duty. Written by the lexster

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Life doesn't hold tryouts.

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Rated PG-13 for language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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12 May 2000 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,604,621 (USA) (12 May 2000)

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ESP 14,363,416 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

Of the main characters who are dancers, five are professional ballet dancers or have had ballet training (Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Julie Kent), one is a professional figure skater (Ilia Kulik), and two were actors (Susan May Pratt and Shakiem Evans). Body doubles were used for many of the major dance sequences. See more »

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Before the final dance Cooper choreographed is performed at the showcase, Cooper finds Jody and speaks to her on the stairs. Jody has her hair and makeup done (ie. red lipstick) as if she's going onstage for the final scene with the red leotard, but that isn't how the performance begins and so she wouldn't have prepared for that scene first. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Reeves: [waves to sit down]
Jody Sawyer: Wait. All my life I've wanted to be one of ABC's perfect ballerinas. I wanted to be you, Juliette. But I'm not you, and I'm not perfect,I'm just me, bad feet and all, and I'm starting to think that I like that just as much.
Jonathan Reeves: [begins to speak]
Jody Sawyer: No, because if you're not going to offer me a place in the company I don't want to hear it. And if you are, I might not have the strength to say no, and then I would be spending my best dancing years in the back of a corps waving a rose ...
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Featured in The Making of 'Center Stage' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Baby Come
Written by Elvis Crespo
Performed by Elvis Crespo and Giselle D'Cole
Courtesy of Sony Discos
Under License from Sony Music Licensing
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More focus on the feelings of people than the actual dancing
6 February 2011 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I understand that a movie must be about emotional expression, otherwise people would not like it, but a film about dancing should be, in my view, more about expression through dance. This film was not like that and, even if it had some nice dance scenes in it, the rest was sadly disappointing.

I may be biased, since I am watching the second movie in as many days about a self-obsessed blonde dancer who believes her feelings are more important than anything else, but I found the main character hard to sympathize with and the rest of them really cliché. The black girl with talent but lack of self control, the black gay guy, the blonde dance god and the nice muscular perfect boyfriend, the bitchy perfectionist and the overcontrolling mother, they are all in here, playing their cardboard parts in hard to believe scenes on the music of Michael Jackson and the like.

Bottom line: if you are passionate about dance and/or ballet, you might want to check it out, but bare in mind that the dancing here could have been replaced by sports or literature or automechanics and the script would have remained mostly untouched and the film very similar to something you've seen before on TV.


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