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Is “dance the shit out of it” really a useful mantra in an activity that prioritizes years of training, intense concentration, and technical precision more than enthusiasm?

Did you read the New Yorker‘s profile of Ethan Stiefel last year? If you got the chance to write a New Yorker profile about a cast member from a third-rate teen movie from 2000, who would you choose? I’d probably pick Robert Ri’chard from Alley Cats Strike.

How much of the movie do you think you could still quote verbatim, if you had to? Eighty percent? Ninety?

Would you really rather the be a principal in Cooper Neilson’s company or waving a rose in the back row of the ABC corps? Do you think Cooper’s company has the capital to provide health insurance? What if Jody had stayed to listen to Jonathan’s offer and he wanted to make her a principal too?

When Jody says “Cooper, you’re an amazing dancer, and you’re a great choreographer, but as a boyfriend, you kinda suck,” do you think she realizes that he was never her boyfriend? They slept together exactly once, right? And also took a hip-hop dance class together at one point? But the class was just an accidental meeting. They didn’t go to class together. So why would she think that he was her boyfriend?

When Cooper looks at Judy in the hip-hop dance class, then kicks his leg up over his head, is that flirting? Would that work on you?

Did you know that the entire film is available on YouTube?

Have you seen the sequel, Center Stage 2: Turn it Up? Did you know Peter Gallagher is in it?

That dance to the Jamiroquai song is the best, right? That makes the movie, for me. There really is nothing left to do but dance.

Did you go to a special bitch academy or something?

Did you understand the elephant and mouse joke the first time you saw it? I didn’t, but I laughed anyway. Did you know it’s also in a Bret Easton Ellis novel?

Did you mix up the mean mom from Center Stage with the mean mom from Cruel Intentions? Do you think that they might have ever met each other in mean, rich New York lady circles?

Charlie: boring and awful, right? He’d probably end up being the kind of boyfriend who goes through your phone while you’re in the shower. It couldn’t possibly work out, either, if she’s going to join Cooper’s dance company and keep dating Charlie.

Was Jody’s turnout really that bad? It didn’t look that bad. I can’t even touch my toes.

The soap fight while they’re cleaning out the practice room: fun, or not fun? They still had to clean up afterwards, right?

How many times have you wanted to say “I am the best goddamn dancer in the American Ballet Academy. Who the hell are you? Nobody” to someone? Have you ever said it?