Monday, April 8, 2013

Movie Monday: Centre Stage

This one's been a long time coming - I mentioned to That One English Teacher a couple of weeks ago that I needed to cover it at some point, and apparently I've decided that "some point" = NOW.


Reasons why Centre Stage is awesome:
1. BALLET. I loves me a dance movie, but I love ballet movies in particular. Probably because I kinda wanted to do ballet as a kid but never did.
2. The music. Not only is there brilliant classical stuff, but there's also Jamiroquai, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Michael Jackson.
3. Amanda Schull. She's brilliant as Jody.
4. The fact that most of the cast are actual dancers rather than actors who they paired with dance doubles.
5. Zoe Saldana. She's fantastic. And mouthy.
6. That it doesn't romanticise dancing. There are injuries, mangled feet, sweat and eating disorders aplenty.
7. The pirouettes at the end of Cooper's ballet. That's hella impressive, y'all. (Skip to the 2 minute mark for the pirouettes, but you should really watch the whole thing)

8. A montage of nothing but breaking in pointe shoes.
9. Eion Bailey as Jim. He's kind of adorkable. (In a somewhat stalker-y way.....)
10. Cooper's ballet. It's phenomenal, if a little too personal.
11. Ethan Stiefel as Cooper Nielson. Sure, Cooper's a total asshat, but the movie wouldn't even remotely be the same without him. Besides, he's an incredible dancer.
Good Lord, that grand jete!! Source.
12. Salsa dancing.
13. Peter Gallagher, otherwise known as He Of The Impressive Eyebrows. We named a whole scale after them over on Snark Squad.
15. Onstage costume changes. It's like Eurovision, only classy.

16. Attempting to dance still drunk and just ending up giggling hysterically.
17. Charlie and Cooper's little dance-off in the studio.
18. The costumes for the various performances.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "My stage name is Eric O. Jones. After Oprah. She's my idol."
- "Did you see how *on* I was tonight??
- "Come downstairs, it's Marlboro Country."
- "I am your slave." "I'd believe it more if you weren't staring at your fucking reflection when you said it." "If someone wants to hear profanity, Miss Rodriguez, they can take a subway. They don't need to spend sixty dollars on a ballet ticket... Though she has a point."
- "What, did you go to a special bitch academy or something?"
- "What a prick." "But he was really nice about it." "Being nice when you say something pricky is even prickier."
- "I do ballet because it has nothing to do with the people. Give me tiaras and boys in tights any day."
- "Careful with that one. You break it, you bought it!"
- "You are in big trouble." "She's in my ballet." "Oh please... she's a heartbeat away from tattooing your name on her ass."
- "You feel the difference?" "Felt like the same old shit to me."

On a scale from 1 to "why the hell can't *I* balance my full body weight on my toes??", how much do you love this movie?

K xx


  1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who loves this movie!

  2. I haven't seen this in so long. We had dance as a gym elective back in high school (hmm, forced team sports that I suck at, or dancing... decisions, decisions), and we watched this (another perk; I do not remember ever taking 3 days to watch a movie in regular gym class), and I LOVED it.

    And since I only saw it the one time, over 10 years ago, I didn't realize until about a month ago when someone mentioned it on FB that that was Zoe Saldana! Mind. Blown.

    I seriously need to watch this again.

  3. I have so much love for this movie it's not even funny. Although, every time I watch any kind of dance movie (or ballet videos on YouTube), I get angry at myself for quitting ballet when I was 12 and not looking harder for a better studio. ((sigh))

    Also...if you want to see some impressive fouettes (that's what doing all those pirouettes in a row is actually called), then you need to YouTube the Black Swan Pas De Deux Coda from "Swan Lake." 32 fouettes. 32! Amanda Schull's pretty fabulous, but she only does 20 before the curtain goes down (25 total...yes, I counted).

  4. I love ballet so this film has always been a winner with me. It's one of my favourite choices if I'm home alone on a weekend afternoon with nothing else to do, love it.

  5. Oh. This movie. It's love. I remember when I got my first pair of pointe shoes. I always take the line towards the end to heart "Mom, you didn't have the feet, I don't have the heart"...I didn't have the feet, yo.

  6. I love this movie like an 8. I love it so much that I have seen the completely cheese and not enough about ballet sequel to it. This movie makes me both sad I didn't continue in ballet passed the age of 12 and grateful that I didn't because I have the wrong feet, body type and temperment for it.

  7. Maaaaan do I love this movie.

    So much that I now wanna watch it. I mean, like, NOW. For the fifth (twelfth?) time. So much goodness in this.

    And, no duh, it always makes me dance. ("Nothing left for me to do but DANCE!!")


  8. OK, it only took me an entire week to get on here and say YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!


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