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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.

Director:

Nicholas Hytner

Writer:

Carol Heikkinen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Schull ... Jody
Christine Dunham Christine Dunham ... Audition Teacher
Stephen Stout Stephen Stout ... Mr. Sawyer
Maryann Plunkett ... Mrs. Sawyer
Laura Hicks Laura Hicks ... Nervous Mother
Barbara Caruso Barbara Caruso ... ABA Scout
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... ABA Scout (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Zoe Saldana ... Eva (as Zoë Saldana)
Victor Anthony ... Thomas
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Mother at Audition
Carlo Alban ... Eva's Friend
Giselle Daly Giselle Daly ... Eva's Friend
Ethan Stiefel ... Cooper
Susan May Pratt ... Maureen
Shakiem Evans 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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Drama | Music | Romance

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Ballet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Charlie and Jody are looking in the paper, Charlie has his arm behind Jody's head. When Jonathan gets onto them for talking, he moves it down, but when Cooper comes over and pulls the paper down, Charlie's arm is behind Jody's head again. See more »

Quotes

Maureen Cummings: I am the best goddamn dancer in the American Ballet Academy. Who the hell are you? Nobody.
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Le Corsaire
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Music by Adolphe Adam
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Discovering From the other side
2 January 2005 | by FreemheartSee all my reviews

What makes this something unique? What the difference with other movies about dancers?.

I just can tell I'm not a fan of the dance things, I mean I really hate those many pop singers who abuse of the dance to hide their bad work, so for year I was avoiding these movies.

But when I saw the music video of this film, something was different, there was not the same old story with the cast of pop stars trying to show they are more than a cute face. There was a cast of amazing dancers showing the best of them in just a few minutes.

So, finally I found myself watching this movie with the strange desire about an endless story. Weird, but for one who doesn't like the dance, this was a discover of whole new world were the dancers and the cast make an incredible work in a story who deserve to be with the classic of these themes.

This movie it's not shallow love story of a group of teenagers trying to become in big stars, it's about the crash of the passion and the reality, the time when the real love for something has to be tested to found the perfect place in the universe of the society, something that it's hard to find in a good film.


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