The house exteriors are of a house in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. The house, at one time, was owned by the Smith family. Betty Smith wrote the novel, "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn". The house is still standing on Forest Parkway, next to the Post Office.
This TV-movie was the basis for a short-lived 1979 Broadway musical called "Ballroom," which starred Dorothy Loudon and Vincent Gardenia with mostly new songs by composer Billy Goldenberg (though the main theme and "I Love to Dance," with some new lyrics, as well as some tango music, remain.)
In 1998, a new stage version was created for the Lincolnshire Theater in Chicago. This version, once again titled "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom," used some elements from the short-lived 1979 Broadway version ("Ballroom"), but it restored several songs from the TV production as well focusing more on the personal narrative than the dance numbers.