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[after Felicie wins the dance-off between Camille and herself]
Impressive, ladies! But let me ask you both an important question. WHY do you dance?
I dance because...
I dance because... Because...
My mother makes me?
[Merante looks to Felicie, hoping for a better answer]
Because it's always been a part of my life. It was there with my mom when I was a baby. It's here now thanks to Odette. It allows me to live. To be myself.
She should ...
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High hopes for dance movie, but disappointing and unoriginal.
Watch the first ten minutes and tell me this isn't a rip off of Anastasia! Red headed orphan girl with male orphan friend escapes off to Paris and all she has is a music box from her mother....?
Obviously the story then transitions into one about dance and following your dreams (wonderful idea and one I had so much hope for), but the horribly matched voice acting, the teeny bopper music in place of classical ballet music... so many simple things that could've made this movie so much better.
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