Center Stage: Turn It Up 2008 PG-13 CC

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A self-trained dancer from the streets of Detroit makes her way into the most prestigious ballet academy in New York.

Starring:
Kenny Wormald, Rachele Brooke Smith
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

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Center Stage: Turn It Up

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Genres Music, Drama
Director Steven Jacobson
Starring Kenny Wormald, Rachele Brooke Smith
Supporting actors Sarah Jayne Jensen, Nicole Muñoz, Christopher Russell, Peter Gallagher, Ethan Stiefel, Christian Vincent, Daniela Dib, Crystal Lowe, Lucia Walters, Cody Green, Jacqueline Ann Steuart, Keith Martin Gordey, Anthony Harrison, Kirsten Wicklund, Christl Leslie, Walcott E. Morgan, Aliyah O'Brien, Deni DeLory
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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The dancing was great and the storyline was really good.
Mary
I really like this Movie but,I also watch every dance movie I can get my hands on, so basically I am bias.
Bizu
Unlike most sequels, this was just as good as the first.
Lynn

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Marcy G. on December 2, 2008
Format: DVD
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 By kaduzy VINE VOICE on March 28, 2009
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cascade on December 30, 2008
Format: DVD
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 By Lynn on May 6, 2009
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie C. Perry on December 5, 2011
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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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