December 16, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Center Stage

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
114 minutes
performer
Peter Gallagher, Victor Anthony, Eion Bailey, Amanda Schull, Ethan Stiefel
director
Nicholas Hytner
Producers
Columbia Pictures
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Carol Heikkinen
genre
Drama, Musical, Romance

”Center Stage” is a dance movie you need to see

With its far-from-brilliant tagline of ”Life doesn’t hold tryouts,” Center Stage could have slipped, mid-pirouette, into a puddle of sap. But a captivating cast of real-deal dancers makes the story of a ballerina academy interesting and spandex appealing. Dance students (and dance-film fans) will appreciate the authenticity conveyed by veteran stage director Nicholas Hytner and naturals like dancer Ethan Stiefel, who was considered one of the world’s greatest male dancers at the time of filming. Plié that, Justin Timberlake.

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