The soundtrack for this teen ballet flick has the flavor of a high school dance recital. Aside from the drama inherent in the lives of those who pursue the terpsichorean muse, the film is enlivened by a group of songs that are pretty danceworthy in and of themselves; included is a fine sampling of some popular contemporary pop and R&B artists. It's an animated collection of energetic modern music.
Two Jamiroquai gems, "Cosmic Girl" and "Canned Heat," are featured, swirling disco classics both. Offering a nod to rock and funk in one fell swoop, there's the Red Hot Chili Peppers' timeless take on Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," while for all the Latin lovers out there, there's Elvis Crespo's carnal collaboration with Giselle D'Cole on "Come Baby Come." For those still living in the '80s, there's the King Of Pop in his "Bad" incarnation, and finally, for the kids, there are light R&B ballads such as Ruff Endz' "If I Was The One," catchy pop jingles the like of Mandy Moore's "I Wanna Be With You," and P.Y.T.'s "We're Dancing." CENTER STAGE covers all the pop bases with impressive efficacy.