If you were anything like me, you may have a list of your top 5 favorite dance movies. And I am sure that the movie Center Stage is somewhere on your list (I know it’s on mine!).
You may remember this film when it came out in the year 2000, about students who attend the American Ballet Academy (a fictional school located in New York City) who aspire to join the prestigious American Ballet Company. The plot depicts the students’ struggles and stresses that arise along the way to their dreams. It is here that we fell in love with the sweet Jody Sawyer (Amanda Schull), smart mouth Eva Rodriguez (Zoe Salanda), the star student Maureen Cummings (Susan May Pratt), and company director Jonathan Reeves (Peter Gallagher). And who could forget the dreamy dancer Cooper Nielson (Ethan Stiefel of ABT), the cute blue-eyed dancer Charlie Sims (Sascha Radetsky of ABT) with a special appearance by Julie Kent of ABT as Kathleen Donahue.
I am happy to share that the crew is coming back together for a new film entitled Center Stage: Dance Camp featuring Chole Lukasiak, a familiar face and former team member of the Abby Lee Dance Compant from the Lifetime TV show, Dance Moms. No official release date has been announced, but it will be sometime in 2016. This movie is about the new generation who comes together to compete at a dance camp for a spot at the American Ballet Academy. Here, Peter Gallahger and Ethan Stiefel will once again reprise their roles as Jonathan Reeves and Cooper Nielson. I say again as this is now the threequel. In case you missed it, Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008) starring Rachele Brooke Smith as Kate Parker, an aspiring dancer from Detroit who packs her bags with the hopes of auditioning and getting into the American Ballet Academy and Kenny Wormald as Tommy Anderson, a hockey player turned ballet dancer who later discovers Kate did not make it into the program and turns to her for help with his partner dancing who at the end, both land the lead roles of Cinderella and the Prince in The Glass Slipper- a Broadway ballet version of Cinderella. Radetskey and Wormald will also be reprising their characters in the new film.
If you haven’t already seen both of these movies, I highly encourage you to do so!
When I thought about my list, I went over it several times before I was happy with it. I kept thinking about more movies that I enjoy and could watch over and over again. So, here it is!
My top five dance movies:
What’s in your top five??