Sources: All Things Michael | Center Stage
Fifteen years ago, an amazing teen dance flick with an awesome soundtrack was born. Nicholas Hytner directed the 2000 film Center Stage, which focuses on a group of young dancers from different backgrounds enrolled at a fictitious American Ballet Academy in New York City.
Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” is one of the great performance soundtracks featured in the film’s reenactment of this classic song. The dance depicts the original short film’s concept of a young suitor chasing and wooing the girl of his affections, but with a different twist. The scene is composed of a unique mixture of ballet, modern dance and props.
For the short film, Michael incorporated some slick moves (see 5: 13 below) enhanced in silhouette form for dramatic effect. Even his clothes became a prop in the story, with the white belt, t-shirt, blue shirt and trademark shoes and socks that we have come to recognize. But we can never forget the most crucial element throughout the film….the master himself. He always left his audiences wanting more with each spell bounding performance to his amazing voice that stopped everyone on the set in their tracks.