In some ways, Sam and Jules couldn't be more different. Sam, the only child of a hard working single mom, has somewhat of a dark outlook on life. It is hard to see the world through rose-colored glasses when you have to w... more »ork an after school job at a food stand called Burgatory. On the other hand, Jules is full of hope and joy. All she ever wanted to do is dance. Her parents, her younger brother, and her best friend Sam, all know her life revolves around dancing. Her obsession with the dancing manifests itself within a line from the quintessential ballet film,The Red Shoes. After hearing "A dancer who relies on the comfort of human love will never be a great dancer," she immediately breaks up with her boyfriend Eli. Jules has one goal in mind, to attend Juilliard and study dance when she graduates high school. Jules spends all of her energy and free time in the studio thriving on the arduous trainingroutine she has undertaken. Sam on the other hand does not always make it to dance class on time, or take it seriously once she is there.With hundreds set to audition and only a handful of slots, Jules' path to Julliard is, in her mind, the most difficult challenge she has faced. Continuously rehearsing her audition piece with her dance teacher and mentor, Linda, Jules is suddenly slowed. A nagging pain in her hip threatens to tear the fabric of all she has worked for. She continues to dance nonetheless with the help of a chiropractor and herbal ointments. Jules is diagnosed with an illness that could threaten not only her aspirations to dance, but her life as well.« less
"Honestly, the only reason I bought this movie was because of Larisa Oleynik. Being a longtime fan, I have to say that I was thrilled to see her back acting, and I was pleasantly surprised and quite glad that she did such a great movie as this... And she did an amazing job. It is a very emotional, and somewhat depressing movie... if you let it be. In the moment of being about to lose virtualy everything, she presses on and makes the most of what time she has left. I found it to be incredibly inspiring, with a great message of how it's better to fully live and enjoy what life you have left than suffer excruciating pain to merely allow you to get by.
I recommend this movie, not as a dance movie, although it is obviously filled w/ great dance scenes, but as a good movie in general..."
Time For Dancing
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this in the vidoe shop & didn't bother really reading the back as I'm an avid dance fan so I thought it would be ok. I was surprised at what enfolded as I watched, a story of love & dedication, of achieving your goals despite the set backs life can give us.
It was more than the usual dance movie, it portraid a story of a young girl who has lived to dance all her life, and when she's finally almost where she wants to be, fighting to reach her ultimate dream - acceptance at Juliard.Anyone who enjoys dance movies will enjoy this one but you may find a tissue may be handy also. I found myself re-thinking my life & realising everyday is a bonus, live life now whilest you can."
JJ | Indianapolis, IN, USA | 10/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow is all I can say. I expected another cheesy dance movie (not that that is bad!). As a dancer, I still enjoy any movie about dance, even the extremely cheesy ones. This one, however, reached far beyond the typical "dance movie" storyline. It incorporated love, bonds, friendship, determination, and realism. It went beyond following the main character and delved into the personalities of all involved. So, the difference between this movie and other typical dance movies, is that it grips your heart and makes you want to be a better person because anything can happen at any time."
Angela | Brooklyn, NY United States | 04/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Shiri Appleby and Larisa Oleynik bring tears to your eyes in this beautiful story of friendship, romance, and the desire to live.Don't miss out on this one!!!!!"
GREAT DANCE MOVIE!
Mauiballet | Hawaii | 04/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great movie, and though it might sound untrue...something as tragic as gettin bone cancer in a young dancer has happened. It happened at my studio and we lost a VERY good young dancer to stomach caner...so this movie hit close to home. I thought the actors were amazing, even though some of the lines were kinda corny, it doesnt matter...it seems very true in those circumstances. The dancing is very good as well, although I should warn you that its mostly Jazz and Modern dance...NOT BALLET like i thought it would be. If you love dance movies than YOU SHOULD BUY THIS!! its worth it...its up there with Center Stage and Truning Pointe!!"