Center Stage: Turn It Up

November 1st, 2008


more trailers Center Stage: Turn It Up

All self-taught dancer Kate Parker has ever wanted to do was perform with the American Academy of Ballet... 

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.6/10 (1,721 voted)

Director: Steven Jacobson

Stars: Kenny Wormald, Rachele Brooke Smith, Sarah Jayne Jensen

All self-taught dancer Kate Parker has ever wanted to do was perform with the American Academy of Ballet... 

Writers: Carol Heikkinen, Karen Bloch Morse

Kenny Wormald - Tommy Anderson
Rachele Brooke Smith - Kate Parker
Sarah Jayne Jensen - Suzanne Von Stroh
Nicole Muñoz - Bella Parker
Christopher Russell - Sal
Peter Gallagher - Jonathan Reeves
Ethan Stiefel - Cooper Nielsen
Christian Vincent - Harris
Daniela Dib - Allison
Crystal Lowe - Lexi
Lucia Walters - Monica Straus
Cody Green - Nick Hoffman
Jacqueline Ann Steuart - Valerie Taft (as Jacqueline Steuart)
Keith Martin Gordey - Mr. Von Stroh (as Keith Gordey)
Anthony Harrison - Mr. Parker

Taglines: From the streets to the stage. The dream remains the same.

Release Date: 1 November 2008

Filming Locations: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs


Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Kate is re-applying for ballet school and the application states last name first. She writes "Kate" down.

Tommy Anderson: OK, well I suck at it and... I need some help.
Kate Parker: Well that's why your at the ABA.
Tommy Anderson: Yeah, I know they'll give me steps but... they cant give me what I really need.
Kate Parker: And what do you really need?
Tommy Anderson: Fire.
Kate Parker: What?
Tommy Anderson: My instructor told me to find fire.
Kate Parker: What, and I look like two sticks you can rub together?
Tommy Anderson: Kinda.

User Review

Heartwarming romance and great dance chemistry!

Rating: 8/10

This is a great little movie. As somebody else wrote, the chemistry between the leads was wonderful. In a way this shouldn't be compared with the first Center Stage, which was more like Fame (trials and tribulations of an ensemble at an arts school, in this case a dance academy).

CS: Turn It Up is really a dance romance, which we haven't seen for a while (Step Up 2 wasn't very romantic). The first Center Stage was very cheesy, while this one is much lower on the cheese scale.

There's a great sweetness to the lead couple's relationship, and while they are clearly great dancers rather than experienced actors, they're very natural with each other.

Highly recommended and very satisfying (and the music is GREAT--I thought it was even better than the first Center Stage's soundtrack, which was also very good.)