A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.

Jody: Cooper, you're an amazing dancer, and you're a great choreographer, but as a boyfriend... you kinda suck.
[In pas de deux class]
Sergei: I am your slave.
Eva Rodriguez: I'd believe it more if you weren't staring at your fucking reflection when you said it.
Instructor: If someone wants to hear profanity, Miss Rodriguez, they can take a subway. They don't need to spend sixty dollars on a ballet ticket.
[to Sergei]
Instructor: Though she has a point.
Erik Jones: My stage name is Erik O. Jones after Oprah. She's my idol.
Eva Rodriguez: Eva Rodriquez, after no one.
Erik Jones: Oh, an individual.
Kathleen: You are in big trouble.
Cooper: She's in my ballet.
Kathleen: Oh please... she's a heartbeat away from tattooing your name on her ass.
Nancy Cummings: You don't just throw away your dream.
Maureen Cummings: It's your dream... and it means more to you than it ever did to me.
Eva Rodriguez: [Sergei drops Maureen] Careful with that one. You break it, you bought it!
Jonathan Reeves: [waves to sit down]
Jody Sawyer: Wait. All my life I've wanted to be one of ABC's perfect ballerinas. I wanted to be you, Juliette. But I'm not you, and I'm not perfect,I'm just me, bad feet and all, and I'm starting to think that I like that just as much.
Jonathan Reeves: [begins to speak]
Jody Sawyer: No, because if you're not going to offer me a place in the company I don't want to hear it. And if you are, I might not have the strength to say no, and then I would be spending my best dancing years in the back of a corps waving a rose back and forth, and I'm better than that. So thank you, Jonathan, for turning me into the best dancer I can be, I appreciate it more than I can say, really. Because the best dancer I can be is a principal in Cooper Neilson's new company.
Jody Sawyer: [walks off]
Jody Sawyer: She's so good.
Eva: Yeah, just ask her.
Erik Jones: I do ballet because it has nothing to do with the people. Give me tiaras and boys in tights any day.
Maureen Cummings: I'm just trying to be honest. That's what friends do.
Eva: I guess that would explain why you have so many friends.
Eva: What a prick.
Jody: But he was really nice about it.
Eva: Being nice when you say something pricky is even prickier.
Eva Rodriguez: What, did you go to a special bitch academy or something?
Erik Jones: Where are you going?
Eva: We're going out for a smoke
Erik Jones: Come downstairs, it's Marlboro country!
Eva Rodriguez: A girl's got a right to know what kind of hound she's saving herself for.
Eva: So, you know the story with this Maureen chick?
Sergei: You're living with Maureen? Oh, good luck.
Eva: Big time bitch?
Sergei: Biggest time.
Eva Rodriguez: Truth? In terms of technique, you are behind. But the people here know what they're looking for. And on the day of you audition, they saw it. In you.
Jody Sawyer: Now all they see is the wrong body type.
Mrs. Cummings: You don't just throw away your dream.
Maureen Cummings: It's your dream... and it means more to you than it ever did to me.
Maureen Cummings: If this is what I wanted, I wouldn't be as unhappy as I've been. I'd have friends, I'd sleep well, I wouldn't throw up half the things that I eat.
Nancy Cummings: You watch your weight, there's nothing wrong with that!
Maureen Cummings: Mom, I'm telling you I'm unhappy and sick. I can't do this any more!
Nancy Cummings: But it's your dream. You just don't give up on your dream.
Maureen Cummings: It's your dream, and it matters more to you than anything ever did to me. So I did it, but I can't any more.
Nancy Cummings: I know what regret feels like, and I don't want that for you.
Maureen Cummings: That's what ballet would be... a life of wishing that I found something I loved, instead of something I just happened to do well. I'm not you, Mom. You didn't have the feet. I don't have the heart.
Charlie: Whatever you feel, just dance it.
Eva Rodriguez: I screwed up any chance I had back in September. But I started dancing long before this stupid workshop, and I'm gonna keep on dancing long after it. So tomorrow is one more day I get to dance.
Erik Jones: That's Sergei, that's Jody, that's Eva, I'm Erik, and you're cute...
Charlie: Are you asking me out?
Jody: Well... yeah. Are you saying yes?
Charlie: I guess so... yeah.
Maureen Cummings: Look, you're a smart girl, Jody. If you turn in your application now, you can still get into a good college.
Jody Sawyer: But... I don't want to go to college. I want to dance.
Maureen Cummings: Yeah? Well so do a lot of people.
Jody Sawyer: Margot Fonteyn didn't have great feet.
Jonathan Reeves: Well when Margot Fonteyn was on stage, you couldn't tear your eyes away from her. Pft. It can't be taught.
Cooper: If you're still holding onto all that personal shit...
Jonathan Reeves: I don't have to hold onto anything. I got the girl.
Maureen Cummings: Erik got injured today. And do you know the first thing I thought when I saw him go down?
Jim Gordon: What?
Maureen Cummings: "I wish that was me." So that made me think, you know, 'cause that's not a normal reaction. How much of what you liked about me was because I was a ballet dancer, and how much because I was me?
Jim Gordon: Have you seen my girlfriend? Tall, Thin, legs for days?
Eva: Yeah I pitched her overboard.
Jody: That class, I mean, how come I can't dance like that in my ABA class?
Cooper: Because ABA has a great big stick up its ass?
Maureen Cummings: I am the best goddamn dancer in the American Ballet Academy. Who the hell are you? Nobody.
Instructor: Just dance the shit outta there!
Maureen Cummings: I've got priorities. I mean, you only get to be a dancer for ten years - maybe fifteen if you don't get injured. So for the next decade at least...
Jim Gordon: Hey, all I'm asking for is a date...
Jody Sawyer: Mom. Oh, I'm so happy you guys are here.
Mr. Sawyer: We wanted to see what you've been up to this past year. And I've gotta tell you, that was the most fantastic thing I've ever seen.
Mrs. Sawyer: It was great, honey. And just - just wonderful.
Jody Sawyer: You wanna know something stupid? I'd actually started to believe I didn't need to hear that anymore.
Anna: Did you see how *on* I was tonight?

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