Sodona Films Ltd. is pleased to announce that CENTER STAGE: ON POINTE will premiere on Lifetime TV in Canada and the US on June 25th at 8:00 pm pst/est 7:00 cst. CENTER STAGE: ON POINTE tells the story of a group of talented dancers who compete for spots in the prestigious American Ballet Company. Nicole Munoz (Defiance, Baby Sellers) stars as Bella Parker, one of the dancers auditioning over an intense six-week program, which ends up pitting classical ballet dancers against more contemporary dance performers. Returning from the original Center Stage are Peter Gallagher (American Beauty, Law & Order: Specials Victims Unit), Ethan Stiefel (American Ballet Theater, Royal New Zealand Ballet) and Sascha Radetsky (American Ballet Theater, Flesh and Bone). Returning from Center Stage: Turn it Up are Nicole Munoz and Kenny Wormald (Massholes, Footloose). Joining the cast for this latest Center Stage installment is ‘Choice Dancer’ Teen Choice Award winner Chloe Lukasiak (Dance Moms) and dancers Barton Cowperthwaite and Maude Green, all in their first acting roles.
centerstageonpointepressblog CENTER STAGE: ON POINTE is directed by Director X, who is best known for visually distinctive videos for popular artists including Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling,’ Jay Z, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Usher, and Iggy Azalea. X made his film directorial debut in 2014 with the award-winning edgy drama titled Across the Line.
In this anticipated Center Stage sequel, The American Ballet Company is flat broke; that is, until the director, Jonathan Reeves (Peter Gallagher) is presented with the opportunity to be fully funded – with a catch – incorporate modern dance into the academy. Enter the annual Training Program – the perfect way to introduce modern dancers to their system. With the help of Tommy Anderson (Kenny Wormald), they find the perfect crop of young dancers to vie for spots during the program, including one Bella Parker (Nicole Munoz). Bella’s hesitant, but after she makes it past the first round of auditions, she’s off to training camp! From there, fierce competition and countless challenges ensue.
“This script was written for Nicole,” says producer Greg Malcolm. “I realized that there was something magical about Nicole at 13 when we worked with her in 2008 on Center Stage: Turn It Up. She is a person that you never forget, who had a big vision at an early age. This film will inspire young women to strive for want they want in life.”
“We are thrilled to have Director X as our director,” says producer Vicki Sotheran. “X is at the top of his game. We are excited for the audience to see the magic that he has created with our talented cast.”
Executive Producer Laurence Mark adds, “ It’s a joy to be involved in the second sequel to Center Stage which seems to have become something of a cult classic – and getting to re-unite cast members from the previous two films is truly gratifying.“
CENTER STAGE: ON POINTE is a Canadian film developed and produced by Vicki Sotheran and Greg Malcolm of Sodona Films Ltd. as a follow-up to Center Stage: Turn It Up. Academy Award®-nominated, Emmy®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning producer Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls, I Robot, Jerry Maguire) is executive producer.
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