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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 ...
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
Shakiem Evans ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Life doesn't hold tryouts.


Drama | Music | Romance

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


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,604,621, 14 May 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,174,870, 10 September 2000
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name Jody Sawyer is a reference to 42nd Street (1933)'s, Peggy Sawyer. See more »


The pizza that Maureen is eating at the bowling alley changes between shots. See more »


Maureen Cummings: If this is what I wanted, I wouldn't be as unhappy as I've been. I'd have friends, I'd sleep well, I wouldn't throw up half the things that I eat.
Nancy Cummings: You watch your weight. There's nothing wrong with that!
Maureen Cummings: Mom, I'm telling you I'm unhappy and sick. I can't do this any more!
Nancy Cummings: But it's your dream. You just don't give up on your dream.
Maureen Cummings: It's your dream, and it matters more to you than anything ever did to me. So I did it, but I can't any more.
Nancy Cummings: I know what regret feels like, and I don't want that for ...
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Followed by Center Stage: On Pointe (2016) See more »


Eres Tu
Written by Luis Angel Cruz
Performed by Elvis Crespo
Under License from Sony Music Licensing
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great dancing, cliched plot
17 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

I loved this for the dancing - the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, the dance of the little swans from Swan Lake, a bit of the Stars and Stripes, and some great modern stuff, especially the show sequence which works through Michael Jackson and Jamiroquai. The story is just a bundle of cliches in looks and personalities and you just know how it is all going to end. So, worth seeing for the dance sequences, but its turn off your brain time for the rest. With a stronger storyline this could have been a really good film. As it is, its a high 7 out of 10.

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