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Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 1 November 2008 (USA)
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A self-trained dancer from the streets of Detroit finds her way after auditioning for the most prestigious ballet academy in New York.


Steven Jacobson


Carol Heikkinen (based on characters created by), Karen Bloch Morse





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Wormald ... Tommy Anderson
Rachele Brooke Smith ... Kate Parker
Sarah Jayne Jensen ... Suzanne Von Stroh
Nicole Muñoz ... Bella Parker
Christopher Russell ... Sal
Peter Gallagher ... Jonathan Reeves
Ethan Stiefel ... Cooper Nielsen
Christian Vincent ... Harris
Daniela Dib ... Allison
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Lexi (as Crystal Lowe)
Lucia Walters ... Monica Straus
Cody Green ... Nick Hoffman
Jacqueline Ann Steuart Jacqueline Ann Steuart ... Valerie Taft (as Jacqueline Steuart)
Keith Martin Gordey Keith Martin Gordey ... Mr. Von Stroh (as Keith Gordey)
Anthony Harrison Anthony Harrison ... Mr. Parker


A self-trained dancer from the streets of Detroit finds her way after auditioning for the most prestigious ballet academy in New York.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


From the streets to the stage. The dream remains the same.


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


G4's "Attack of the Show" star Candice Bailey auditioned for the film. During a director call back, she had to dance. During which she fell on her face. See more »


At the beginning of the movie there is a dance scene taking place in the streets of Detroit, in it cars are shown with front and back Michigan license plates. In Michigan there are no front license plates only rear ones. See more »


Kate Parker: Okay, we have got to get serious here. Dancing is about trust and connecting.
Tommy Anderson: Okay. We can connect any way you want.
Kate Parker: Calm down.
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Followed by Center Stage: On Pointe (2016) See more »


Swan Lake
(portions of the score contain samples from)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Tchaikovsky)
Performed by The Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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User Reviews

Heartwarming romance and great dance chemistry!
3 December 2008 | by Nicescream2000See all my reviews

This is a great little movie. As somebody else wrote, the chemistry between the leads was wonderful. In a way this shouldn't be compared with the first Center Stage, which was more like Fame (trials and tribulations of an ensemble at an arts school, in this case a dance academy).

CS: Turn It Up is really a dance romance, which we haven't seen for a while (Step Up 2 wasn't very romantic). The first Center Stage was very cheesy, while this one is much lower on the cheese scale.

There's a great sweetness to the lead couple's relationship, and while they are clearly great dancers rather than experienced actors, they're very natural with each other.

Highly recommended and very satisfying (and the music is GREAT--I thought it was even better than the first Center Stage's soundtrack, which was also very good.)

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Release Date:

1 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Center Stage 2 See more »


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Dolby Digital


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