After auditions, 12 young dancers make it to the American Ballet Academy. They’ll prepare for the student showcase to determine who will be asked to join the American Ballet Company. Tensions mount between Jonathan, the company’s aging choreographer, and Cooper, his best dancer, who also wants to choreograph. The brilliant Maureen seems poised for success, but she discovers that life is passing her by. Jody, whose body may be the wrong type and whose technique is ragged, elicits Cooper’s interest. The edgy, smart-mouthed Eva loves to dance but seems destined to be stuck in the back of the chorus. The showcase will decide their fates.