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Center Stage (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  12 May 2000 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Dunham ...
Audition Teacher
Stephen Stout ...
Maryann Plunkett ...
Laura Hicks ...
Nervous Mother
Barbara Caruso ...
ABA Scout
Jeff Hayenga ...
ABA Scout (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Eva (as Zoë Saldana)
Karen Shallo ...
Mother at Audition
Eva's Friend
Giselle Daly ...
Eva's Friend
Erik (as Shakiem Evens)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

City Ballet  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 14,363,416 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Susan May Pratt, who plays the best dancer in the school, Maureen Cummings, had no ballet training before being cast. See more »


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Erik Jones: I do ballet because it has nothing to do with the people. Give me tiaras and boys in tights any day.
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A wonderful and innovative behind-the-scenes film about the competitive world of dance
30 April 2000 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

"Center Stage," a film about the lives of young modern dancers who want nothing more than to make a name for themselves, dazzles with some of the best on-screen dance performances since Patrick Swayze shook his hips in "Dirty Dancing" thirteen years ago. Starring some of the most talented modern dancers ever to hit the silver screen, "Stage" focuses its attention on the lives surrounding the young dancers and their struggles for stardom. The film is a revealing exploitation of the complexity associated with modern dance, diving into the realities of dance phenoms that sacrifice their social life for a role that will find them performing in front of a live audience.

Rating: 6

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