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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition.

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Heather Berman ...
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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 ...
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Leslie Freu ...
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Charlotte Jorgensen ...
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Rodney Lopez ...
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Victoria Malvagno ...
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Stacee Mandeville ...
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Terri Mintzer ...
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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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1 July 2005 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$8,044,906 (USA) (18 November 2005)
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Cinematographer Claudia Raschke held the camera at stomach level to keep it in line with the children's faces. See more »

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Tiny boy with curly hair: A girl and a boy loving each other, you know, really loving each other and being together and
[waxes lyrically for a while]
Tiny boy with curly hair: ... It is very beautiful!
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Crazy Credits

Some of the children add their observations about life in film clips during the credits. See more »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

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FEVER
by Peggy Lee
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Hard to find enough adjectives for "fabulous"!
27 July 2005 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

At first, I told my wife I didn't want to go. I thought it was yet another movie of McDonalds generation 11-year-olds, snotty and attitudinal, populated with stupid, bumbling adults trying to please them. I was very, very wrong. It was one of the best movies I've seen in years. It had meaning, warmth, humor, pathos--you name it. It had real adults, and real kids. Real teachers who were not afraid to be clear, loud and firm with kids, but with a great deal of love for them--and vice-versa. Plus, it makes you fall in love with NYC. I want to see the film again, and I can't recommend it enough. Hey, it's appropriate for everyone, too. (By the way, look for the lady who played Oliver Warbucks' assistant Grace in the movie "Annie"--she's a real dancer and one of the judges at the end.) In sum: don't miss this magic film.


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