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.
PG-13 (for brief strong language)
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Rachele Brooke Smith
as Kate Parker
Ethan Stiefel
as Cooper Nielsen
Peter Gallagher
as Jonathan Reeves
Kenny Wormald
as Tommy Anderson
Sarah Jayne Jensen
as Suzanne Von Stroh
Nicole Muñoz
as Bella Parker
Daniela Dib
as Allison
Nathalie Marrable
as Glass Slipper Audition Dancer #3
Maya Massar
as Dance School Instructor #2
Aliyah O'Brien
as Dance School Receptionist
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 6, 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

meh... kind of cute. i like dancing movies and i loved the first CS... idk how i feel about RBS though... i think its her teeth. :/

Alexandra Kell
Alexandra Kell

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

Juli Ryan
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
Deb Jarnagin

Super Reviewer

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