U.S. Release Date:12th May 2000 Running Time:115 min U.S. Classification:PG-13 Director:Nicholas Hytner Starring:Amanda Schull, Peter Gallagher, Ethan Stiefel, Zoe Saldana Tagline: Life doesn't hold tryouts.
"Center Stage" is an enjoyable dance musical focusing on 3 ambitious dance students who attend the American Ballet Academy. It is cut-throat competition at the Academy as the students strive for perfection & only the best will survive & maybe one day achieve greatness.
Peter Gallagher is the prinicipal choregrapher of the Academy, who has the difficult task of deciding which students have the talent & which ones are there just for the ride.
The lead actress Amanda Schull is both beautiful & convincing in her role as Jody. Her & other cast members do a great job considering that most of them were chosen primarily for their dancing talents rather than their acting ability.
"Center Stage" features some vibrant dance sequences, in particular the explosive finale & is considered by many to be the ballet version of the popular 1980 dance classic "Fame". The success of "Center Stage" should see a resurgence of new dance musicals.
Center Stage 1 & 2 on DVD
Center Stage (2000) [DVD] This exhilarating dance drama follows the trials and tribulations of three students attending the esteemed American Ballet Academy in New York. Maureen is a hard-working talent with issues with her mother; good-looking Jody struggles with her dancing dynamics; and Eva's anti-authority feelings hamper her potential. Susan May Pratt, Amanda Schull and Zoe Saldana star. 116 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo Surround, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French; audio commentary; "making of" featurette; music video; isolated music score; deleted scenes; theatrical trailers; extended scenes. Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008) [DVD] Self-taught dancer Rachele Brooke Smith dreams of training at New York's American Academy of Ballet. But when the audition she left everything behind for doesn't go as planned, Smith learns that sometimes being good isn't enough. She then takes to a hip hop club for some important lessons, with the aid of a hunky ex-hockey player. Sequel also stars Peter Gallagher, Sarah Jayne Jensen. 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital Surround, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai; featurettes.
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