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Center Stage (2000)

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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The audience that watch the students' performance at the end of the movie is exactly the same as when the students go to watch the ballet at the beginning of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Eva Rodriguez: Truth? In terms of technique, you are behind. But the people here know what they're looking for. And on the day of you audition, they saw it. In you.
Jody Sawyer: Now all they see is the wrong body type.
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References The Haunting (1999) See more »

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Canned Heat
Written by Jay Kay
Performed by Jamiroquai
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Cliché city, but I LOVED it!
12 June 2000 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Let's see--you've got a bunch of young hopefuls in a tough ballet school in NYC--you have the tough, but lovable, black girl; the token gay man; the sweet virginal heroine; the arrogant Russian guy; the sweet lovable guy who's perfect for the sweet heroine, but she doesn't know it; the b**** who's starving herself to death; the guy who loves her and wants to help her; the tyrannical (but lovable) ballet teachers--yep, they're all here! The script is utterly predictable, you know how it's going to end 10 minutes into the movie, but I loved it! The acting is surprisingly good, it's beautifully filmed, the whole cast is attractive and the dancing is simply superb. I wasn't bored once during the entire 2 hours. Well worth seeing.


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