The Cast of Center Stage Wants to Know if You're Team Cooper or Charlie

Want to feel really old? Your fave dance crew from Center Stage has been reminding us that this week marks 18 years since the premiere of the greatest dance movie of all time. But no matter how many years have passed, it seems the cast is still divided on the whole Cooper-Charlie-Jody love triangle.


American Ballet Theatre principal Stella Abrera kicked off the #TBT with a cute premiere pic alongside former ABT soloist and husband Sascha Radetsky. While Abrera doesn't actually make an appearance in the movie, Radetsky was one of the stars as Charlie, the American Ballet Academy student with a heart of gold.


After seeing Abrera's #TeamCharlie post, fellow ABT principal and Abrera's BFF Gillian Murphy posted her own premiere pic with a #TeamCooper. While Murphy makes a brief appearance in the movie, her husband and former ABT principal Ethan Stiefel starred as everyone's favorite bad boy dancer-choreographer Cooper Nielson.

Jody Sawyer Weighs In

Without dissecting the plot too much (because I'm assuming you know the movie backwards and forwards if you've clicked on this), Radetsky and Stiefel's characters duel it out on and off the dance floor for ABA student Jody Sawyer's heart (played by former San Francisco Ballet dancer Amanda Schull). Naturally, we were waiting for Schull to end the Charlie v. Cooper debate once and for all.

Instead of choosing a side, Schull left the debate wide open by staying neutral with a pic of herself and Peter Gallagher, who played the company's fictional director Jonathan Reeves.

James Whiteside For The Win

But whether you're team Charlie or Cooper, I think we can all agree that ABT principal James Whiteside's comment declaring he's team "Wouldn't it be better if we all did a triple?" is the real winner here.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.