Center Stage (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Critics say that if you're willing to suffer through soap opera-like dialogue and plot to see some excellent dancing, this movie is for you. Otherwise, you might be better off renting Fame.

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"Center Stage" follows the hopes and dreams of a tight-knit group of young dance students as they try to make a name for themselves and become stars in the fiercely competitive world of professional dance. Vibrant and supremely gifted, they are students who devote themselves to their art, sacrificing ordinary pleasures of life to train with the rigor of Olympic athletes. While experiencing the normal joys and sorrows, loves and conflicts of youth, they vie for a place in an ultra-selective professional dance company.
Rating:
PG-13 (for language and some sensuality)
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Peter Gallagher
as Jonathan
Ethan Stiefel
as Cooper
Carlo Alban
as Eva's Friend
Ryan Kelly
as ABA Student
Donna Murphy
as Juliette
Ekaterina Chtchelkanova
as Swan Lake Soloist
David Schneider
as ABA Student
Craig Hall
as ABA Student
Debra Monk
as Nancy
Julie Kent
as Kathleen
Ilia Kulik
as Sergei
Elizabeth Hubbard
as Joan Miller
Randy Pearlstein
as Jim's Friend
Olga Merediz
as ABA Receptionist
Chris Davis
as Jazz Class Dancer
Priscilla Lopez
as Jazz Class Teacher
Justin Morris
as ABA Student
Karen Shallo
as Mother at Audition
Marcia Jean Kurtz
as Emily's Mother
Gillian Murphy
as ABA Student
Robert Montano
as ABA Pas De Deux Class Teacher
Scott Taylor
as Jazz Class Dancer
Sean Stewart
as Jonathan's Ballet Soloist
Elvis Crespo
as Salsa Singer
Maryann Plunkett
as Mrs. Sawyer
Adam Hendrickson
as ABA Student
Nina Goldman
as Jazz Class Dancer
Ryan John Kelly
as ABA Student
Christine Dunham
as Audition Teacher
Nancy McDoniel
as Gala Patron
Jamie Bonelli
as Girl At Salsa Club
Brenda Thomas Denmark
as Jonathan's Secretary
Kari Thompson
as Stage Manager
Barbara Caruso
as ABA Scout
Sandra Brown
as Swan Lake Soloist
Stephanie Michels
as Jazz Class Dancer
Jack Hayes
as Jazz Class Dancer
Jeffrey Hayenga
as ABA Scout
Laura Hicks
as Nervous Mother
Sean Martin Hingston
as Jazz Class Dancer
Kurt Froman
as ABA Student
Liam Burke
as Jazz Class Dancer
Rebecca Krohn
as ABA Student
Elizabeth Sujin Ford
as ABA Student
Deanna McBrearty
as ABA Student
Sandy Hamilton
as Gala Patron
Stephen Stout
as Mr. Sawyer
Nancy Hess
as Sergei's Salsa Partner
Lisa Shriver
as Jazz Class Dancer
Jim Borstelmann
as Jazz Class Dancer
Natalia Haigler
as ABA Student
Warren Carlyle
as Cooper's Assistant
Keri Lee
as Jazz Class Dancer
Jason Fowler
as ABA Student
Ellen Bar
as ABA Student
Ryan W. Stewart
as ABA Student
Robert Wersinger
as Jazz Class Dancer
Stephen Hanna
as ABA Student
Alina Faye
as ABA Student
Melissa Cabrera
as ABA Student
Elizabeth Gaither
as Swan Lake Soloist
Giselle Daly
as Eva's Friend
Lisa Leguillo
as ABA Girls' Class Teacher
Kirk Peterson
as ABA Boys' Class Teacher
Oksana Konobeyeva
as Swan Lake Soloist
Giselle Tcherniak
as Salsa Singer
Micki Paley
as Girl At Salsa Club
Lovette George
as Jazz Class Receptionist
Aesha Ash
as Jonathan's Ballet Soloist
Ashley Anderson
as ABA Student
Jared Angle
as ABA Student
Erin Baiano
as ABA Student
Jennifer Balcerzak
as ABA Student
Tamara Barden
as ABA Student
Sant'Gria Bello
as ABA Student
Dustin Brauneck
as ABA Student
Martine Ciccone
as ABA Student
Elena Diner
as ABA Student
Nicole Epstein
as ABA Student
Kyle Froman
as ABA Student
Davena Gross
as ABA Student
Jessica Kusak
as ABA Student
Riolama Lorenzo
as ABA Student
Stephanie Lyons
as ABA Student
Eleena Melamed
as ABA Student
Laura Paulus
as ABA Student
Matt Pitcher
as ABA Student
Jonathan Porretta
as ABA Student
Carrie Lee Riggins
as ABA Student
Emilie Schlegel
as ABA Student
Chrissy Schultz
as ABA Student
Aaron Severini
as ABA Student
Kristin Sloan
as ABA Student
Jonathan Stafford
as ABA Student
Janie Taylor
as ABA Student
Pascale Van Kipnis
as ABA Student
Julio Augustin
as Jazz Class Dancer
Shannon Hammonds
as Jazz Class Dancer
Joann Hunter
as Jazz Class Dancer
Violetta Klimczewska
as Jazz Class Dancer
Lisa Nafegar
as Jazz Class Dancer
Michael O'Donnell
as Jazz Class Dancer
Angela Piccinni
as Jazz Class Dancer
Mimi Quillin
as Jazz Class Dancer
John Michael Schert
as Jazz Class Dancer
Endalyn Taylor-Shellman
as Jazz Class Dancer
Rocker Verastique
as Jazz Class Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Center Stage

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (22)

Assuming that every generation needs its own dance film, Hytner revists the turf of films like Turning Point (classic ballet), Chrous Line (Broadway dancing) and Saturday Night Fever (disco) and blends together their themes and persona to little effect.

Full Review… | August 28, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

It's a bad joke.

December 31, 1999
Detroit News
Top Critic

Nicholas Hytner's movie might be subtitled Beverly Hills 90210 Goes to Juilliard.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Village Voice
Top Critic

The acting is wooden.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Center Stage is all dancing and hugging and no good.

December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

If only Hytner had chucked the cliched script and turned Center Stage into a full-blown song-and-dance musical, the movie might have been something special.

December 31, 1999
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Center Stage

½

This was my sister's favorite movie for the longest time, so if it wasn't for her I probably would have never seen this movie. So with that said, it is engaging and a good storyline. Everything you would expect from a typical teen drama film though.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

I like that this dance movie boasts several full-length performances of imaginative pieces, not just heavily cut snippets. Amanda Schull is a bit dull as an actress, and how does Jody know that Cooper won't recant his offer if she doesn't sleep with him? Zoe Saldana is brassy and tough.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

I remember almost nothing about this.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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