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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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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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The elephant/mouse joke told at the bowling alley, and subsequently over lunch, is described in detail in the book "Rules of Attraction" by Bret Easton Ellis. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, when Jody and Eva leave to smoke, the number on their dorm door says 903C, later when Jody, Maureen, and Eva leave to celebrate Eric's birthday, their dorm door says 903A. See more »

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Erik Jones: My stage name is Erik O. Jones after Oprah. She is my idol.
Eva Rodriguez: Eva Rodriquez, after no one.
Erik Jones: Oh, an individual. I like it.
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Referenced in Getaway: Episode #13.3 (2004) See more »

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Eres Tu
Written by Luis Angel Cruz
Performed by Elvis Crespo
Under License from Sony Music Licensing
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Very fresh and great entertainment!
8 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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