Center Stage

Synopsis: The education of three young students, Jodie, Eva and Maureen, as they study at the American Ballet Academy. Life isn't what they expected at the esteemed ABA, and all three face problems along the road. Jodie doesn't have the "ideal" body for dancing, Eva doesn't have the right attitude, and Maureen doesn't have the heart. Along the way, they learn that love can be found in unlikely places, and dancing should be a passion, not a duty.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Nicholas Hytner
Production: Columbia Pictures
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

...this school will turn you into

the best dancer you can possibly be.

That may or may not be the kind of dancer

I have room for in the company.

At best, I can take

three boys and three girls.

I'll watch you carefully

over the coming months.

But I won't make any decisions

till I see how you dance in the workshop... the end of the year.

They won't be easy decisions to make

because you're all very talented.

You wouldn't be here if you weren't.

Thank you for bringing your gifts

to our community.

I wish you all a very good year.

I hope he doesn't think

that was inspirational.

One more thing.

Next week's the company gala. We always

invite advanced students to attend...

...and then help at the party afterwards.

I expect you all to be there.

- And you are?

- Eva Rodriguez.

So glad you could fit us

into your busy schedule, Eva.

No sweat.

All right, ladies, we'll start with plis.

First position. Demi and stretch.

Demi and stretch.

Full grand pli. And return.

Port de bras forward.

Full port de bras back.

The same in second,

fourth and fifth positions...

...and then we'll rise

and take a balance in fifth.

Yes? Let's begin. Steven?

Relax those fingers, Janie.

Very nice, Maureen.

Pull those ribs in. Really support.

Nice long lines, ladies.

Put the energy coming up over your heads.

- What's your name, dear?

- Jody Sawyer.

You need to concentrate on your turnout.

From the hip.

We have a dress code here.

Black leotard, pink tights.


No gum.

Get your hair off your face.

Dvelopp cart.

Change to effac.

Pli. Tendu. Lift the leg, first arabesque.

Maureen, will you show us, please?

Now, look at Maureen's arms.

They're perfectly supported

from underneath, not above.

Not wilting at her sides

like dead chicken wings.

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