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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

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

The American Ballet Company does not exist. There is, however, the American Ballet Theater (ABT), where Ethan Stiefel (Cooper Nielson) was a principal dancer until 2012. He is now the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet See more »

Goofs

When Maureen is throwing up in the ladies room, she can be seen through the door and isn't really bending over the toilet but is instead standing up and making puking noises. See more »

Quotes

Erik Jones: Where are you going?
Eva: We're going out for a smoke
Erik Jones: Oh come downstairs. It's Marlboro country.
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Connections

Followed by Center Stage: On Pointe (2016) See more »

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First Kiss
Written by Guy Roche and Shelly Peiken
Performed by International Five
Courtesy of Giant Records
Under License from Warner Special Products
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A wonderful and innovative behind-the-scenes film about the competitive world of dance
30 April 2000 | by Shawn StingelSee 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.

Rating: 6


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