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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:
... Jody
Christine Dunham ... Audition Teacher
Stephen Stout ... Mr. Sawyer
... Mrs. Sawyer
Laura Hicks ... Nervous Mother
Barbara Caruso ... ABA Scout
Jeff Hayenga ... ABA Scout (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
... Eva (as Zoë Saldana)
... Thomas
Karen Shallo ... Mother at Audition
... Eva's Friend
Giselle Daly ... Eva's Friend
... Cooper
... Maureen
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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City Ballet  »

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$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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There is a subplot in which Cooper Nielson, played by Ethan Stiefel, attracts the financial support of a wealthy philanthropic benefactress. A 15 August 2004 New York Times article entitled "How Much Is That Dancer in the Program?" revealed that Stiefel has a very similar real-life sponsorship relationship with a philanthropist named Anka Palitz. See more »

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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 »

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Maureen Cummings: I've got priorities. I mean, you only get to be a dancer for ten years. Maybe fifteen if you don't get injured. So for the next decade at least.
Jim Gordon: Hey, all I'm asking for is a date.
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References 42nd Street (1933) See more »

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Cosmic Girl
Written by Jay Kay (as Jason Kay), Toby Smith, Stuart Zender, Derrick McKenzie, Buchanan Wallis and Simon Katz
Performed by Jamiroquai
Courtesy of Epic Records/Works
Under License from Sony Music Licensing
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A wonderful and innovative behind-the-scenes film about the competitive world of dance
30 April 2000 | by 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.

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