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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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Emma Therese Biegacki ...
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Eva Carrozza ...
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Evangelina Carrozzo ...
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Paul Daggett ...
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Graciela Daniele ...
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Pierre Dulaine ...
Himself - Organizer and MC of the Final Dance Competition
Leslie Freu ...
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Charlotte Jorgensen ...
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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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£29,907 (UK) (25 November 2005)

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£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 »

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Alex Tchassov: Let's use this trick, eye-to-eye connection, I am serious. Take a look at each other like
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Alex Tchassov: last time in your life.
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Truly Moving Picture
1 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival that screens films for their Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "...explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

This is a documentary that plays out like a story. Three fifth grade classes of different schools in diverse NYC learn ballroom dancing in order to compete in a citywide dance contest in downtown Manhatten. You watch the kids evolve from clumsy to close-to-graceful and from hesitant to confident.

The best part was that the kids ignored the camera. They didn't play to the camera at all. And ten year old kids are beautiful as they bounce back-and-forth from juvenile to young adult and back to juvenile in a matter of seconds.

The camera work and directing are interesting because you don't notice them. You feel you are the observer and not the camera. The movie simply looks honest and truthful.

FYI - There is a Truly Moving Picture web site where there is a listing of past winners going back 70 years.


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