Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Family, Music  |  1 July 2005 (USA)
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The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition.



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Credited cast:
Emma Therese Biegacki ...
Eva Carrozza ...
Evangelina Carrozzo ...
Paul Daggett ...
Graciela Daniele ...
Herself - Final Competition Judge
Pierre Dulaine ...
Himself - Organizer and MC of the Final Dance Competition
Leslie Freu ...
Herself - Teacher PS 112
Tara Devon Gallagher ...
Charlotte Jorgensen ...
Herself - Final Competition Judge
Rodney Lopez ...
Victoria Malvagno ...
Stacee Mandeville ...
Terri Mintzer ...
Herself - Teacher PS 144


Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen," on their way to try to compete in the final citywide competition. Providing unique insight into the incredible cultural diversity that is New York City, this film profiles several kids from three schools (out of 60) at this dynamic age, when becoming that "cool" teenager vies for position with familiar innocence, while they learn the merengue, rumba, tango, the foxtrot and swing. Written by Anonymous

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Anyone can make it if they know how to shake it.

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Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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1 July 2005 (USA)  »

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Forró táncparkett  »

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$45,348 (USA) (13 May 2005)


£29,907 (UK) (25 November 2005)

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The three schools that the film follows are: PS 150 from the affluent Tribeca area; PS 112 from the primarily Italian and Asian area of Bensonhurst; and PS 115 from Washington Heights, a Dominican neighborhood where over 97% of the residents live below the poverty line. See more »


Alex Tchassov: Let's use this trick, eye-to-eye connection, I am serious. Take a look at each other like
[it is for the]
Alex Tchassov: last time in your life.
Kids: Aw man, no!
Alex Tchassov: Ok. What is problem?
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by Peggy Lee
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Mad Hot Ballroom
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I laughed and cried. These children made me want to embrace them. They were such a joy to watch, their determination was astonishing. They had so much courage. I commend them. I looked on the internet the next day and searched for a dance school for my friend and I and we're starting next week. I just hope we're as good as those kids. Excellent movie. All children should see this movie to show them that you don't have to have money to enjoy life. Most of these children were living at or below poverty level and they prevailed. They have more heart then most adults I know. I'm going to go see it again and I can't start advocating to others to see it as well.

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