Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008)




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A self-taught dancer from Detroit realizes that it takes more than natural talent to succeed in the real world when she is rejected from the most prestigious ballet academy in New York and takes one last shot at making her dreams come true. Kate Parker may be the best dancer that Detroit has to offer, but in New York she's just another wannabe entertainer with stars in her eyes. Ever since she was a young girl, all Kate wanted was to perform with the American Ballet Academy. She's sure she has what it takes to join their ranks, so when she's coldly turned away, she vows to sharpen her skills and prove her worth. After enlisting the assistance of a handsome hockey player-turned-dancer, Kate heads out to a cutting edge hip-hop club in order to learn the moves needed to earn her rightful spot amongst the most respected dancers in the world. Peter Gallagher, Kenny Wormald, and Ethan Stiefel co-star.more
Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Karen Bloch Morse
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2009
Sony Pictures


Ethan Stiefel
as Cooper Nielsen
Peter Gallagher
as Jonathan Reeves
Kenny Wormald
as Tommy Anderson
Sarah Jayne Jensen
as Suzanne Von Stroh
Nicole Muņoz
as Bella Parker
Daniela Dib
as Allison
Nathalie Marrable
as Glass Slipper Auditi...
Maya Massar
as Dance School Instruc...
Aliyah O'Brien
as Dance School Recepti...
Harry Shum Jr.
as Club Dancer #3
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Critic Reviews for Center Stage: Turn It Up

All Critics (5)

Entertaining dance-focused romance has some mature themes.

Full Review… | April 29, 2014
Common Sense Media

Attractive cast, predictable girl-lives-dream story and lots of great dancing.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
The Age (Australia)

You feel sorry for the real-life dancers on screen here...

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Doesn't have a fraction of its predecessor's pizzazz.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
FILMINK (Australia)

It might be formulaic and predictable, but there's plenty of appeal in this energy-filled film about reaching for your dreams. Set in the world of dance, the story is as much about passion as it is about ballet and hip hop.

Full Review… | October 28, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Center Stage: Turn It Up


This ballet drama of the American Ballet Academy is getting much better than the original because it has high energy and traffic-stopping dance moves like the following sequel of Step Up - amazing!

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Not realistic. AT ALL. Only recommended for fans of dance movies.

Juli Ryan

Super Reviewer


chemistry was great. but i was laughing my head off because what happened in the end was the unlikeliest thing ever! an untrained dancer getting accepted into one of the most prestigious BALLET schools in the country? yeahh..okay.

Deb Jarnagin

Super Reviewer

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