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Center Stage: Turn It Up
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The storyline of "Turn It up" is not quite so engrossing as that of the interweaving plot constituents of "Life Doesn`t Hold Tryouts", but the later motion picture does hold the interest between the dance sequences, which are well integrated into the plot. Kenny Wormald, the the adorably boyish and muscular principal male protagonist in "Turn It up", is a fine dancer in his own right; it is his acting that is not quite so up to the level of that of the delightfully insouciant and self-confidently genial Ethan Stiefel, who, fortunately, is in both movies (and in "Life Doesn`t Hold Tryouts" as the main male figure of that film).
My recommendation is to buy both "Centre Stage" films, if one really has a passion for dance in all of its forms, as I do. If star calibre acting and dancing is the shopper's overridingly chief interest, then the first film is the more essential of the two to purchase for his personal collection.
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One of my favorite movies I love dance movies I wish they had save the last dance I was looking for it but you have to pay do that's why I watched this one!Published 7 hours ago by Chaplain Suzy Wojno
Great dancing, but the girl who played the lead needs some acting classes.Published 5 days ago by P.Smith
This is a really fun movie, the dancing is amazing the actors are attractive and have a lot of chemistry, and the music is really good too,. I wish I could buy the soundtrack. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tera Coughlin
If you're a fan of the first Center Stage movie, this will somewhat fulfill you but you'll be missing some of the original cast. Read morePublished 10 days ago by gopherfan37
This movie had me wishing scenes were played our differently. It was fairly predictable. Also wished there had been better choreographed dance scenes.Published 10 days ago by Snow Caps