The 95-minute made-for-television sequel features Gallagher returning to the role of American Ballet Academy artistic director Jonathan Reeves. The film also stars dancer Ethan Stiefel, who portrays instructor Cooper Nielsen. "Center Stage: Turn It Up" also features Sarah Jayne Jensen (Wonderful Town, Gypsy with Bernadette Peters), Cody Green (of the new West Side Story, "Step It Up and Dance"), and newcomers Rachele Smith and Kenny Wormald. Steven Jacobson directs the sequel, which was written by Karen Bloch.
"Center Stage: Turn It Up," according to press notes, "follows Kate (Smith), a talented, self-taught ballerina, who leaves her Detroit home to audition for the prestigious American Ballet Academy in New York. Despite displaying superior abilities and impressing experienced teacher Cooper Nielsen (Stiefel), Kate is rejected by artistic director Jonathan Reeves (Gallagher) in favor of classical ballerina Suzanne (Jensen). A prodigy from a wealthy family, Suzanne has been trained in classical ballet since the moment she could walk. Kate then meets hockey player-turned-dancer Tommy (Wormald), who has been accepted to the Academy, but still needs help with his technique. As Kate and Tommy work together, their growing affection inspires a new determination and commitment to achieving their dreams."
Bonus features include two behind-the-scenes segments about the making of the film and another to learn the choreography featured in the movie.