Center Stage: Turn It Up

Synopsis: A self-trained dancer from the streets of Detroit finds her way after auditioning for the most prestigious ballet academy in New York.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Steven Jacobson
Production: Sony Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min



All up in the cipher but

don't know where to start off

Oh, you know what it's

about, raising the bar up

You're square and givin' 'em

something they can't fake

What you been waiting for?

Your moment on center stage

They gonna wanna test you

Moments like this will

bring out the best in you

Them moves better hit,

you're getting higher points

For the one with

the greatest risk

You just might miss

Take it on the chin,

you just might get dissed

Follow in the paths

the great ones done laid

Along this the heavyweights

With their lives on blast,

performing on center stage


you got to have skill in it

You always got to be

killing it

Don't be afraid

to break it down

When it's time

to rebuild again

Now you're the hottest in

there, no use in concealin' it

Hard work is paying off,

big baby

You got it made

Everybody's seeing you

shining on center stage

You ask me what's the purpose

This ain't no everyday

average three-ring circus

I said

What you got

Show me what you got

Go, ladies

Go, go, go, ladies

One, two, three

One, two, three

Ladies, ladies, ladies

Everybody in the cipher got

to know what their worth is

Or whether they're worth this

'Cause the truth, you grab

the feet and just work it

Just work it

Just work it

Just work it Like that

Just work it

Just work it

Just work it

Just work it

One, two, three

Five, six,

seven, eight, nine...

10, 11, 12, 13!


I love you, guys.


Not gonna do it right

till I'm doin' it all

My chance, way out

from where I come from

Step forward, my feet

in motion

You're doing so good, Bella.

Bring your hands up

through first, and open.

How am I gonna learn

if you're not here?

Just do what I did.

You can learn

from the videos.

You learned from Mom.

The tapes help. Trust me.

It's all I want, all I want

It's easy to believe

Give it all I've

Dad, I'm leaving.

She's going to the

American Ballet Academy.

I'm gonna

miss you so much.

Me, too. I love you.

I love you, too.

Give it all I can

I'm gonna take a chance

'Cause it's easy to believe

It's easy to believe

It's all I want, all I want

It's easy to believe

Excuse me, which floor

is the audition on?

Give it all I've got

Following pointe auditions,

we'll continue with adagio,

then we'll pair you

for the pas de deux.

I'm gonna need

you into two lines.

Boys in one, girls in the other,

starting with the

tallest to the shortest

and remember who

you're paired with.

At best, I can

take six girls and six boys.

The final decisions will

be posted this afternoon.

We have very limited space for a

very limited number of students.

As you know, this is the

finest academy in the country.

We value talent,

discipline, respect...

And a love of dance.

Also a good thing.

And on a very good day,

we even value Cooper Nielson.

Please welcome one of our

esteemed judges and instructors.

You have 15 minutes to warm up.

A love of dance.

I was moved nearly to tears.

Hey, we're creating artists,

not robots.

And besides, I'm here to bring some

life back in this place. Remember?

You're here because your

company ran out of funding

and you needed the job.

Hey, it's a give

and take situation.

So, nothing's changed, huh?

I give and you take

and take and take.

First position. Demi-plie.

Tendu front.

Demi-plie. Tendu back.

Demi-plie. Tendu. Stay on your

standing leg, don't hang on the bar.

Miss... Von Stroh.

Richard's daughter?

Yes, sir.

Nice port de bras.

Watch your alignment.


Parker. Kate Parker.

Billy's daughter.

Now the other side.



Kate Parker? How you doing?


All right, you're gonna be

dancing here with Mr. Webb.

Nice to meet you. You, too.

Okay, sorry. Let's stop.

One more time from the top.


And five, six, seven, eight...


That is perfection.

Look at those legs.

One of the best dancers, I hear.


What else you know about her?


Look at him.

Hey, nice form.

"Nice form"?


What is she thinking?

She's already a whale.

We have one last

spot to fill for a girl.

Here are the top contenders.

Suzanne Von Stroh,

Kate Parker, Lily Green.

I just don't think that Green

has the feet or the body.

Agreed. I vote

to lose Parker, too.

I disagree.

Suzanne Von Stroh

has perfect form.

Perfectly boring.

She's a classic prima ballerina.

I see a lot of potential there.

Yeah, potential funding.

Well, unless we figure out a way

to turn this whole thing

into a reality show,

academies need funding.

You should know that

better than anyone.

The Parker girl's got

something, Jonathan.

She's got passion.

She's too raw.

She'll refine her skills

in the classroom.

She had plenty of time

to refine her skills.

And she's going to

need a scholarship.

Look, Suzanne has

excellent technique

and she might be

a superior dancer,

but how many Suzannes

do we have here?

What'll she bring to the table?

How about Sleeping Beauty?

How about Swan Lake?

How about Giselle?

How about Twyla Tharp?

Bob Fosse? Jerome Robbins?

Can't we do something that's

from the last 50 years?


Excuse me, sorry.


When it gets hard

and I cannot cope

Reel myself out

on a long thin road

Floating away

in the slightest breeze

Too out blue,

flight of fantasy

My feet leave this earth

so easily


Just turn around

say goodbye to me

Hey, Bell.

Yep. Nailed it.

Just like you said I would.

Here I come

Hold me down, I'm a balloon

And I'll fly away

If you don't hold me down

I'd like an application.

We're filled up

for the semester.

We require at least

one year of formal training.

I just need a chance to...

I need a current resume,

three references and a DVD reel

including an adagio, pirouette

exercises and a classic variation.

You. Run towards me, take off on

the left, right leg in arabesque.

Well done. Suzanne, right?

Suzanne Von Stroh.

Okay. Listen up.

Dancing is not only about focus,

precision and perfection.

Dancing is about connections.

Connecting with your audience,

connecting with your partners.

So, over the next

several classes,

you'll be dancing

with different partners

until we find the right match,

one that has connection.

Not only a physical connection,

but also an emotional one.

All right?

Okay, let's go. Pair off.

Hi. Hey, what's up?

Mr. Nielson. I'm Kate Parker.

I auditioned for you

the other day.

I remember.

I was hoping I could speak

with you about my audition.

Miss Parker, this is the

best school in the country.

We're extremely selective.

I know.

There are other schools.

But I've been dreaming of

studying here since I was a kid.

I understand that.

I'll work harder

than anyone else.

I mean, if there's

something I did

or something

I screwed up, I'll fix it.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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