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When Cooper blows Jody off after the performance and walks off with another girl ( leaving Jody standing alone by the door) the "other girl" is played by Ethan Stiefel's real-life fiancée, ballerina Gillian Murphy.
Susan May Pratt, who plays the best dancer in the school, Maureen Cummings, had no ballet training before being cast.
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.
Of the main characters who are dancers, five are professional ballet dancers or have had ballet training (Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Julie Kent), one is a professional figure skater (Ilia Kulik), and two were actors (Susan May Pratt and Shakiem Evans). Body doubles were used for many of the major dance sequences.
Jonathan's Ballet is performed by the corps of the New York City Ballet.
In the opening sequence there is a shot of the exterior of the fictional American Ballet Academy. The top floor with the dance studio in it was added to the top of the building with digital special effects.
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
After Jody tells her parents she has been accepted into the ABC, her mom suggests she could still go to college, and says, "Indiana has a great dance program." Amanda Schull, who plays Jody, actually attended Indiana University for two years.
Sergei, played by Ilia Kulik, is headed for the San Francisco Ballet after his stint at the American Ballet Company. Amanda Schull, who plays Jody, actually danced with the San Francisco Ballet for several seasons.
Zoe Saldana's film debut.
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.
The movie was shot on location in New York City at Joffrey Ballet School.
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Broadway dance studio where Jody takes a drop in class outside of her school, is an actual dance studio where anyone can drop in at any time and take a class of their choosing.
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The name Jody Sawyer is a reference to 42nd Street (1933)'s, Peggy Sawyer.
Ethan Stiefel and Julie Kent have collaborated on numerous on-stage performances as they both danced with The American Ballet Theatre.
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Many of the actors dance in real life just like their characters.
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The movie was followed by two sequels. "Center Stage: Turn It Up" and "Center Stage: On Pointe".
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