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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:
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Jody
Christine Dunham ...
Audition Teacher
Stephen Stout ...
Maryann Plunkett ...
Laura Hicks ...
Nervous Mother
Barbara Caruso ...
ABA Scout
Jeff Hayenga ...
ABA Scout (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
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Eva (as Zoë Saldana)
Victor Anthony ...
Thomas
Karen Shallo ...
Mother at Audition
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Eva's Friend
Giselle Daly ...
Eva's Friend
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Maureen
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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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Drama | Music | Romance

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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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City Ballet  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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 »

Goofs

During the last ballet sequence that has Jody dressed in red, in the beginning shot her point shoes are pink. In all shots afterward, they are red. This is because she is wearing pink shoes the entire performance leading up to this, and as the camera pans down her body and back up, she is in a new outfit with new hair and makeup. This is a transition to let the audience know without showing it, that there has been an intermission and Jody has changed. See more »

Quotes

Maureen Cummings: Look, you're a smart girl, Jody. If you turn in your application now, you can still get into a good college.
Jody Sawyer: But... I don't want to go to college. I want to dance.
Maureen Cummings: Yeah? Well so do a lot of people.
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Very fresh and great entertainment!

What can you say about a movie that not only makes you want to get up and dance yourself, but one that keeps you hanging on every dance step and word? Perhaps fabulous. While everyone was running off to see the spring Block Buster Gladiator, I was watching the sneak preview of Center Stage, along with 300 to 400 others. The chemistry between these first time movie actors was just amazing. That dancing was breathtaking and the plot was wonderful. It was full of surprises and excitement. Had to be my favorite movie in the last couple of years. There was barely any language and a bit of sex, but it was appropriate for the story line. This is a movie for everyone young and old. It is a must see in the theater, and I promise you it will get your heart pumping!


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