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Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008)

Kenny Wormald , Rachele Brooke Smith , Steven Jacobson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kenny Wormald, Rachele Brooke Smith, Sarah Jayne Jensen, Nicole Muñoz, Christopher Russell
  • Directors: Steven Jacobson
  • Writers: Carol Heikkinen, Karen Bloch Morse
  • Producers: David Blackman, Greg Malcolm, Laurence Mark, Marcele Kutkauskaite, Vicki Sotheran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001K2LFNI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,213 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Center Stage: Turn It Up" on IMDb

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Return to the Center Stage phenomenon with new passions and partners in the amped-up, high-energy Center Stage: Turn It Up. All Kate Parker has ever wanted to do was perform with the American Ballet Academy. But when she doesn't get in, she learns that it takes more than just natural talent to succeed in the dance world. With a turn in a cutting-edge hip-hop club and the help of a handsome former hockey player-turned-dancer, she may yet manage to make her dreams come true. Peter Gallagher (TV's "The O.C.," Center Stage), Kenny Wormald (TV's "Dancelife"), Ethan Stiefel (Center Stage) and a cast of hot, up-and-coming stars rock to a new beat in this unmissable sensation!

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I enjoy dance movies and have the first "Center Stage" on dvd. I wasn't sure what to expect from the sequel but decided to check it out when it premiered in Oxygen channel. I found myself hooked within the first 10 minutes. Kenny Wormald and Rachele Brooke Smith are attractive and talented young actors who do a great job of carrying this movie. Both actors are clearly cast for their dancing and athletic abilities, as well as their good looks, and for novice actors, they do a creditable job.

The story centers around Kate Parker (Smith) and Tommy Anderson (Wormald). Kate dreams of attending the American Ballet School in NYC but unfortunately doesn't make the cut at audition. Tommy - a former hockey player turned ballet dancer - gets in. When Tommy spots Kate at the audition, sparks fly. Dejected Kate takes a job at a bar/dance club that is owned by Tommy's friend and Tommy falls for Kate. Tommy offers to help Kate improve her ballet skills, while Kate helps Tommy improve his "hip/hop-street dance" skills. They hit it off and fall in love. Conflicts arise when Tommy's wealthy classmate Suzanne (Sarah Jensen) gets in the way and Kate is torn between her fear of rejection (as she plans to re-audition for ABS) and her dreams of being a ballerina.

If you love dance movies like "Center Stage," "Step Up" and "Save the Last Dance," then this movie is for you. The dancing is more of a blend of the first "Center Stage" and "Step Up" with ballet moves mixed in with hip-hop/street dance. Both leads are very talented and live up to the demands of the complex dance routines. Smith started out as a gymnast and it shows. She is also charming and lights up the screen with her big smile and gorgeous eyes.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
My favorite guilty pleasure movie obsession is dance films. I will watch pretty much any lousy movie featuring dancing in its main plot, no matter what kind of dancing it is. These movies all tend to be unimaginative and formulaic, but sometimes they manage to surprise you with decent acting performances and AMAZING dance performances. One of these surprisingly good flicks is the original "Center Stage" -- so when I heard that there was a direct to DVD sequel, I knew I had to rent it.

The plot of this movie is very different from the first one, which is a breath of fresh air. As fans of the first flick know, Jodi Sawyer made it into the American Ballet Academy by the skin of her teeth, then ultimately proved that by mixing passion and modern dance steps in with ballet, she had what it took to be a star in arrogant "ballerino" Cooper Nielson's new company. This time around, Cooper can't save the star, because his company has run out of funding, putting him right back at ABA as an instructor. And the girl we follow this time is, like Jodi was, a dancer who lacks technical skill but has lots of passion. This time, however, she doesn't make it. Perhaps that's because she auditions directly for (even more arrogant) company director Jonathan Reeves, instead of his representatives. That's a great scene, because it allows us to see the cold, stark reality of hiring dancers, and keeping a company alive.

This movie is filled with good dance scenes and decent acting, as it melds "street" dancing with ballet, and shows us Kate's journey after her devastating rejection. The director wanted to make the film seem less formal than the first one, so he uses a lot of hand-held camera moves that make the frames off-center, or shows us the dancers in reflection as they perform.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Center Stage Turn It Up December 30, 2008
By Cascade
I was a huge fan of Kenny's when I watched the TV show on MTV "Dancelife". He is an excellent dancer and when I saw him on TV in a movie I had to stop and see what it was about. When I realized it was a sequel to the movie "Center Stage" I was excited, but not hopeful for a good movie, because I had seen his talent and had loved the previous movie. However, I was completely surprised by the quality of the pot and the great choreography and the dancers. I loved this movie for the excellent dancing, not to mention the acting was better then that of the first movie. I felt that Tommy's character was intriguing and talented, also believable in his struggle. I also liked the idea of a ballerina without rich parents, Kate, is inspiring and although you want to slap her into giving more of herself to her dream, she is totally relatable. Everyone has had self doubt and in that you relate to Kate in her goals and dreams. This movie is worth a watch if you enjoy movies about dance, there are some great ballet scenes as well as excellent hip hop routines. I am going to buy this movie as soon as it is available. Two Thumbs Up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Center Stage: Turn It Up May 6, 2009
By Lynn
Unlike most sequels, this was just as good as the first. All the stories are simiilar - boy meets girl from different backgrounds. There are a couple of cast memberes from Center Stage with lots of new talented members. If you like dance as the background, you will enjoy this dvd.
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This move is great! I loved the chemistry between the two dancers. The girl they picked brings a great energy and is always smiling. Kenny lights up the screen and I love the way he talks! Great movie for dancing and music. You will like it so give it a chance and check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found it!
I wasn't a fan of the first Center Stage, but this one I loved!! I saw it on TV once and wasn't able to find it again in any store. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jo
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I was hoping to like this much more. My attention span is small, but I love music and dance, so I was hoping this would motivate me to want to get moving. It didn't.
Published 4 months ago by Molly
4.0 out of 5 stars good times
a bit expensive, but nephew wanted this for a gift and this was the cheapest I found, good movie, thanks
Published 5 months ago by Jen E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequels
It is a sequel of course and it is actually pretty good. I enjoy most dances movies. So if you want a no brainer dance film that has a good story and a solid message in it, I would... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ~Miss~
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not superb
This movie was good. They are talented dancers. The dance sequences could be better and more thorough. It is fairly consistent with Center Stage yet I prefer this ones filming.
Published 6 months ago by Kimberly W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
This movie was great. I love dancing movies and this one was no different! Amazing to say the least, worth watching!
Published 7 months ago by Maria D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie ! Especially the last dance at the end. This girl is AMAZING ! So inspiring ! I wish I could move like that !
Published 7 months ago by Katarina Martinez
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow...Nothing like the original...
I was in the mood for a good dance movie and looked at all the stars, the good feedback, and thought I could get lost in this one. So I ordered the DVD. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
This product was excellent. It was a great price for what we got. I would have no problem recommending this to others.
Published 8 months ago by Catharine McIntosh
1.0 out of 5 stars Only thing center stage about this is the name
Nothing like the original center stage movie. Don't waste your time or money watching it. Very disappointing movie, sad to see.
Published 11 months ago by haley
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