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Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008)

  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 1,808 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 1 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 95 min
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Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008)
  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 1,808 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 1 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Location: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Director: Steven Jacobson
  • Stars: Kenny Wormald, Rachele Brooke Smith and Sarah Jayne Jensen
  • Original Music By: Laura Karpman   
  • Soundtrack: Balloon
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Ballet | Second Part | Sequel | Hip Hop | Dance

Writing Credits By:

  • Carol Heikkinen (based on characters created by)
  • Karen Bloch Morse (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: 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.

    Plot: Full synopsis »

    Story: All self-taught dancer Kate Parker has ever wanted to do was perform with the American Academy of Ballet… See full synopsis »

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • David Blackman known as executive producer
    • Marcele Kutkauskaite known as associate producer
    • Greg Malcolm known as executive producer
    • Laurence Mark known as producer
    • Vicki Sotheran known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Kenny Wormald known as Tommy Anderson
    • Rachele Brooke Smith known as Kate Parker
    • Sarah Jayne Jensen known as Suzanne Von Stroh
    • Nicole Muñoz known as Bella Parker
    • Christopher Russell known as Sal
    • Peter Gallagher known as Jonathan Reeves
    • Ethan Stiefel known as Cooper Nielsen
    • Christian Vincent known as Harris
    • Daniela Dib known as Allison
    • Crystal Lowe known as Lexi
    • Lucia Walters known as Monica Straus
    • Cody Green known as Nick Hoffman
    • Jacqueline Ann Steuart known as Valerie Taft (as Jacqueline Steuart)
    • Keith Martin Gordey known as Mr. Von Stroh (as Keith Gordey)
    • Anthony Harrison known as Mr. Parker
    • Kirsten Wicklund known as Suzanne Groupie #1 / Stepsister (as Kristen Wicklund)
    • Christl Leslie known as Suzanne Groupie #2
    • Walcott E. Morgan known as Tow Lot Guy
    • Aliyah O'Brien known as Dance School Receptionist
    • Deni DeLory known as Dance School Instructor #1 (as Deni Delory)
    • Maya Massar known as Dance School Instructor #2
    • Cameron Mckinlay known as ABA Audition Voyeur
    • Viviana Dal Cengio known as Catering Girl (as Vivana Dal Cengio)
    • Sean Carey known as Stage Door Guy
    • Tanya Champoux known as ABA Receptionist
    • Aakomon Jones known as Club Dance Ringleader (as Aakomon 'AJ' Jones)
    • Christopher Toler known as Club Krumper (as Christopher Lil 'C' Toler)
    • Kenny Mugisha known as Detroit Dancer
    • Jheric Hizon known as Detroit Dancer
    • Misha Gabriel Hamilton known as Detroit Dancer
    • Colin Trickey known as Detroit Dancer
    • Kim Sato known as Detroit Dancer
    • Arike Rice known as Club Dancer
    • Amy Allen known as Club Dancer
    • Harry Shum Jr. known as Club Dancer
    • Kyle Toy known as ABA Dancer
    • Marco Arimare known as ABA Dancer
    • Brichelle Brucker known as ABA Dancer
    • Felicia Lau known as ABA Dancer
    • Peter Starr known as ABA Dancer
    • Tara Wilson known as ABA Dancer
    • Jaclyn Wheatley known as ABA Dancer (as Jaclyn Weatley)
    • Danielle DeMi known as ABA Dancer (as Danielle Demi)
    • Kevin Kong known as ABA Dancer
    • Eric Burrough known as ABA Dancer
    • Livona Ellis known as Glass Slipper Audition Dancer
    • Tonya Tanner known as Glass Slipper Audition Dancer
    • Nathalie Marrable known as Glass Slipper Audition Dancer
    • Teghan Fedor known as Glass Slipper Audition Dancer
    • Gillian Abbott known as Glass Slipper Audition Dancer
    • Theresa Coombe known as Glass Slipper Audition Dancer



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Russell Brady known as hair department head
    • Naomi Hirano known as makeup department head
    • Brenda Bakker known as hair stylist (uncredited)
    • Elisha Scott known as makeup artist (uncredited)

    Art Department:

    • Graham Coutts known as property master
    • Chris Thompson known as construction coordinator
    • Don Anderson known as props buyer (uncredited)
    • Paul Duffy known as paint coordinator (uncredited)
    • Simone Gore known as graphic artist (uncredited)
    • Phil Gough known as property buyer (uncredited)
    • Wyatt Soutzo known as painter (uncredited)




    Production Companies:

    • Stage 6 Films (presents)
    • Laurence Mark Productions

    Other Companies:

    • Freeman Casting  extras casting
    • Truffles Catering Group  catering (as Truffles Fine Food)
    • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton  production legal services provided by (as Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP)
    • Digital Cut Post Inc.  post production services by
    • Sonic Magic Studios  post production sound services provided by
    • HTV / Illuminate  digital intermediate by (as HTV Illuminate)
    • Scotiabank Dance Centre  special thanks to
    • Harbour Dance Centre  special thanks to (as Harbour Dance Center)
    • Wild Coyote Bar & Grill  special thanks to (as Wild Coyote Bar)
    • City of Vancouver, The  special thanks to
    • Kodak Canada  motion picture film (as Kodak)
    • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)  acknowledgment (as I.A.T.S.E.)
    • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  stock footage (uncredited)


    • LK-TEL (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • HTV / Illuminate (opticals) (VFX) (as HTV Illuminate)

    Visual Effects by:

    • James Betteridge known as visual effects artist
    • Bruce Cathcart known as opticals (as Bruce W. Cathcart)
    • A.J. Ullman known as visual effects supervisor (as AJ Ullman)

    Release Date:

    • Australia 30 October 2008
    • USA 1 November 2008
    • Netherlands 20 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Iceland 21 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Japan 28 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Argentina 10 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Brazil 18 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Germany 19 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Spain 23 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Hungary 30 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Sweden 7 March 2010 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Nicescream2000 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 7:01 pm

      This is a great little movie. As somebody else wrote, the chemistrybetween the leads was wonderful. In a way this shouldn't be comparedwith the first Center Stage, which was more like Fame (trials andtribulations of an ensemble at an arts school, in this case a danceacademy).

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

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

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

    2. korina_cruz from Philippines
      30 Mar 2012, 7:01 pm

      I really liked this movie. It was really cute. The actors were good,the dance scenes were awesome. I didn't really expect much, but afterwatching this it made me feel really good inside. Rachele Brooke Smithand Kenny Wormald were great. They're really talented and they're bothhot. They have this chemistry, and I fell in love with both of them.

      This movie is kinda different from the other dance movies like step-upand make it happen coz it focuses mainly on ballet dancing. I likedthis better and I didn't find this movie cheesy and boring at all, soplease give this movie a try and quit comparing this movie to all theother dance movies out there. (:

    3. oh-hey-bec from Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 7:01 pm

      I often find myself disregarding reviews by viewers who simply trashthe entire film but in this case, please take my advice.

      As a big fan of the first film, I was excited to see this movie. Ienjoyed the realistic elements of the lives of the characters of thefirst one, expecting the second film to be the same. It's obvious ithas been modernized and made significantly more urban than the firstone but I assumed there would be some similarities, wrong!

      This film tells the story of a young "self taught" dancer who fails toget into the academy but falls for the new rising star. She findsherself working as a waitress come dancer at a club but eventuallymanages to overcome all the odds to gain the leading role in a newballet "Just to show her sister you can make all your dreams come true"

      Another reviewer claimed these characters had great chemistry. They mayhave had great chemistry but they certainly lacked acting ability. Ican't say whether it was the cliché script or the poor acting but thismovie became somewhat painful to watch. There were several moments ofvery typical flirtatious close ups and over the top crying. It wasultimately cheese in a TV screen.

      Being an experienced dancer myself, I was particularly infuriated withthe ending of this film in which Kate "A self taught Ballerina"triumphs over all other dancers to gain the lead in this new Balletwith her boyfriend. Not only is it extremely far fetched to say thatshe would receive this role but it is simply impossible for someone to(as she says) "Just watch ballet videos and mimic what I saw" IT JUSTDoesn't HAPPEN! The mere fact she received the role over the moretechnical dancers is simply ludicrous, namely because they aresignificantly better (Which is emphasized in several shots)

      Essentially this movie was more "Step Up" rather than "Center Stage".It lacked the discipline that was evident in the first one that so manydancers could relate to. If you enjoyed "Step Up" and can stand towatch poor acting in replacement of attractive people then you mayenjoy this movie. For everyone else; Ignore the "Center Stage:" partand focus on the "Turn it up" because this film has no resemblance tothe first one.

    4. lilcutebird from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 7:01 pm

      i loved the chemistry between (the characters) Kate and Tommy. andtheir dance moves were HOT. the way they moved was very intimate.Rachele Smith's acting could have been better but the story line wasgood (could have been a bit better). i mean i was kind of disappointedthat they didn't really have much of a story line including Kate'sfather. He seemed to be against her daughter's dream of being aballerina but in the end she succeeded so they should have put some ofher father in the end to show other young dreams out there that theyshouldn't give up. PS-Kenny Wormald is HAWT!! and if u liked this moviethen u should definitely watch Step Up & Honey.

    5. ysic2 from Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 7:01 pm

      I can't believe how underrated this film is and how critical some havebeen about this film. When I first watched it. I was hooked on everyscene. I showed this movie to so many of my friends and family thatlove dance movies and just a feel good film, they all said how goodthis movie was. The dancing is spectacular by the main character Kate.She is absolutely gorgeous, sexy and really knows how to dance.

      The acting ability was flawed in a couple of instances but we aretalking about people who more than likely have dancing as their firstlove and profession and acting as an add on so please! ease up all youmassively criticizing people out there. WE are only talking about a fewinstances here anyway not the whole film.

      I like this film more than the first, I've gotta say. There will bepeople that will disagree but if you are looking for a light heartedfeel good film to watch with plenty of dancing, give this one a go.

    6. hazey from sydney, australia
      30 Mar 2012, 7:01 pm

      This movie turned out to be a nice surprise. I was a little concernedthat it would fall below par being a straight to DVD sequel, but itheld its own.

      The strongest area would be the dance routines. Very entertaining, theykept making me want to get up and dance along. The characters werelikable, believable and linked in nicely with the original story.

      The weakest areas would probably be the under par dialog and the beenthere done that story line. But considering it is a sequel, therereally wasn't a whole lot of new ground or directions they could go in.On saying that, the story was told strongly enough to keep youinterested the whole way through.

      A lovely little Saturday night in movie for all the dance crazed moviefans.

    7. reachforblueskies from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 7:01 pm

      Something about this movie just gets me every time and I've watched itover and over.

      Great dancing (ballet, hip hop, tango and jazz), great characters,great love story. Obviously fans of dance movies will enjoy it but Irecommend CS: Turn It Up for other audiences also. It has an edgierfeel than Center Stage 1 but fans of that movie should see this asCooper returns and his dancing is AMAZING.

      Yes it has hip hop but it's not the same old hip hop v. ballet movie.There's no battle between the hip hop and ballet dance styles lol. It'smore subtle the way the different dance scenes are included, and almostlike a documentary in the way it's filmed.

      But that doesn't really sum it up. You just have to watch the wholemovie–it all ties up so well and brings a tear to the eye. :-) See it!

    8. bangel_yih from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 7:01 pm

      Before watching this movie I did look it up here at IMDb, and didnotice it didn't really have great ratings. Well, so glad I went withmy vibe and watched it anyway. I loved the film. About Kate (RacheleBrooke Smith), I very much enjoyed watching her in this film. I'venever heard of her before, but now I know who she is. Aside overallpretty (adorable smile) and cool dancer, personally, I think she didvery good in her role as Kate. Somebody commented that she looks likeAshley Simpson (dark hair, pre-op Ashley). I agree, in quite a fewscenes, I thought so, too, and I couldn't help for a moment to wonderif Ashley Simpson might've been a good Kate, too. Well, actually,probably, she would've done okay with the ballet dancing scenes since Ihear that Ashley Simpson used to dance ballet when she was younger. Butas for the other dancing styles performed in this movie, the only otherkind of Ashley dancing I'm familiar with aside her ballet is the"Ashley Ho-down" thing. So, on second thought, nope. I don't think itwould've been appropriate for this film. Picturing her as Kate, no. Ithink they definitely chose the appropriate actress for this film. I'mglad they went with Rachele Brooke Smith. She owned the part. She ownedthe dance floor. I look forward to seeing her in other cool films suchas this. I give her and the overall movie a "10"!

    9. Sherazade from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 7:01 pm

      The lead actress and the lead actor at times almost seemed like theywere starring in a toothpaste commercial rather than a movie but Iguess that's what you get when you put professional dancers in moviestarring roles. Just because they can dance does not necessarily meanthat they can act. Oh! come on people, give this film a break. Ithought it was very nice and in fact nearly as good as the original. Ihowever have to agree that the makeup used on the lead actress was alittle bit too much but other than that she was fine in the role shewas playing. Two things stood out to me as odd in the film, #1 was thatthe main actress could find parking on a New York City street 9a.m. onthe morning of her audition, and the second thing was the fact that shewas working 3 jobs yet still couldn't afford to get her car out ofimpound? That was just odd. Nevertheless, the dancing was on point. Ita film about dancing so the less said about the acting and certainother flaws in the film, the better.

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