Taking The Stage
What do you get when you cross ‘Fame’ with ‘High School Musical’, throw in some real life drama, a few romantic liaisons and a kickass soundtrack? Taking the Stage! The School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati Ohio is where talented kids from all walks of life come to peruse their dreams – and MTV’s ...
The School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati Ohio is where talented kids from all walks of life come to peruse their dreams – and MTV’s newest reality series Taking The Stage is there behind the scenes to show us what it’s all about!
Conceptualized and executive-produced by Nick Lachey, hometown hero and 1992 SCPA graduate, Taking The Stage follows the lives of five talented Rivals In Dance, who are all on the ‘cusp of greatness’.
Jasmine is a prima ballerina who dreams of dancing with the famed Alvin Ailey dance troupe. "I want to be one of the best professional dancers of my generation," she says. Jasmine hopes to attend New York performing arts conservatory Juilliard after graduating from SCPA.
Malik -- Jasmine's best friend -- leads the school's only hip-hop dance group, The Definition. "When I dance," he says, "people notice. I want to inspire." In addition to his formidable dance skills, he is also a talented choreographer and a singer/songwriter.
Shaakira is a dancer and aspiring actress. "I want to be an all-around entertainer. I have really big dreams," she says. "I will do whatever it takes to be famous." Shaakira is an accomplished ballet dancer -- one of the best SCPA has ever produced -- but prefers hip-hop dance and is an integral member of Malik's team.
Mia is a singer-songwriter whose talent is matched only by her drive. "My whole life I've had the same goal, to make music and get a record contract by the time that I'm 18," Mia says. "I know I have what it takes to make it happen."
And, finally, there's Tyler, a gifted hip-hop dancer. Along with his little brother, Chris (also a dancer), he's new to the School for Creative and Performing Arts, and he's about to shake things up. "Dancing is my world; it just comes out of me," he says. "I am hip-hop dance. Hip-hop dance is me."
Rules are flouted, the treacherous waters of competitive friendships and relationships navigated, dedication and drive tested and ego’s eventually wilted as the performing arts students dance, sing and dazzle their way through an arts-centric school.
Gaining acceptance to SCPA is considered a privilege, but can this troop of five talented young performers handle the pressure before they get into the real world? Or will they stumble before they’ve made the cut?
So hike up your leg warmers, adjust your leotard and get ready for Taking the Stage!