- Cast the Expert: Amanda Schull (Jody), Ethan Stiefel (Cooper), Sascha Radetsky (Charlie), and Julie Kent (Kathleen) were all professional ballet dancers prior to their casting. As well, Zoe Saldana (Eva) had some ballet training in her past, while Ilia Kulik (Sergei) was a professional figure skater. Actual students from the School of American Ballet play the corps.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Eric, for his friendliness and openheartedness. It's tough to see him get injured.
- Heartwarming Moment: Eva getting accepted into the company. Jonathan may be a jerk, but he does have a heart somewhere.
- Jerkass Woobie: Maureen takes the cake.
- Magnificent Bastard: A rather cartoonish example with Jonathan Reeves.
- Memetic Mutation: "I am the best Goddamn dancer at the American Ballet Academy. Who the Hell are you? Nobody."
- Narm: Most of the one-liners and dialogue, particularly from Cooper and Maureen.
- Narm Charm: Cooper's ballet is cheesy as hell with every cheesy plot line imaginable, but it just works.
- The jazz class downtown also counts as this. It's the most 80s-style warm-up, class and choreography imaginable, but it does make you want to dance.
- Retroactive Recognition: Most of the actors in this (besides Peter Gallagher) went on to obscurity, for at least a few years, but it was an early role for Zoe Saldana, and Amanda Schull (Jody) eventually went back to acting and had an extended run on Suits.
- The Woobie: Jody. She was accepted into a program the teachers barely thought she could handle and then seemed to be blamed for it, instead of casting blame on Jonathan Reeves for accepting her in the first place. She's treated poorly by some of her peers not because she isn't a nice girl, but because she's not as strong of a dancer. She's barely legal age (if that) but her ballet teacher seeks her out at a downtown class and seduces her, then is amazed when the literal teenager he slept with thinks they're in a relationship and gets clingy. She's almost kicked out of the school numerous times, despite a good work ethic, and is verbally abused by a power-tripping choreographer in front of visiting guests. Although, for some reason, she decides to continue training with him.
- Emily also counts. She's seen as being nothing but nice to everyone (and although she's a minor character, it's noteworthy that she's invited along with the core group to Eric's birthday, while her gal-pal Anna is not) and she's the subject of nasty whisperings for her supposed weight gain, condescending remarks by her teachers and, eventually, expulsion for her body (which makes her lose her passion for dance all together).
YMMV / Center Stage