“Made dance the star… authenticity for a dance movie”

Center Stage became beloved because it made dance the star. The fact that the majority of the movie’s leads were dancers made it easy to ignore the plot holes and stilted lines that bristled critics. ‘I think that a lot of [why the movie resonated] is because [director] Nick Hytner really was insistent on having dancers play the roles of dancers,’ says Schull. ‘And I think that gave it an authenticity for a dance movie that no other dance movie had at that point or around that time.’”