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 acting in this type of movie is usually extremely difficult to cast. The cast in this movie was great. Even the romance scenes were acceptable. There was very little cheese in this movie which is suprising for it's genre. The other good highlight is that the ballet dancing is nice to see, it is impressive to me, a person not educated in dance. I at one point in the beginning thought this movie was going to be very boring and a repeat...it wasn't though, and what made me hold on and keep watching was the main character's charisma. The girl NEVER stopped smiling. And she was absolutley beautiful throughout the whole movie, and the character strength they gave her was inspiring. She has an absolutely, gorgeous, breathtaking smile with perfect white teeth, and she moves very very well. Her casting and performance caused me to give the fifth star. Her costar worked well with her too. I would watch this again. Enjoy!
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Love shows where the Under Dog fights thru and winds up on top. Great movie with a lot of tension between a young couple falling in Love.Published 1 month ago by Lee W. McCreight
Not the typical dance type movie where a big company is going to tear down the dance hall or club. This is a good chick flick and some well developed male support characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Summer
If you liked Center Stage, this sort of detours from that story. Some of the old characters are in this movie but they have more peripheral roles. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel