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

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£29,907 (UK) (25 November 2005)
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This film received a limited release, making it the only Nickelodeon film to receive a limited theatrical release. Therefore, this makes Mad Hot Ballroom the studio's lowest grossing film. 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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an inspiring, warm, touching, FUN movie
4 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Mad Hot Ballroom" is wonderful. It makes you laugh and cry. You are instantly drawn to the children in this movie and inspired by them. The movie makes you laugh - you can't help but love these kids (and root for them). The film takes the dance sequences and interweaves them with the children's lives outside of school but in a way that demonstrates why the dancing is so important. The movie never preaches. The movie shows NYC in a very positive life - it finds beauty in every neighborhood. And the comments by one of the principals while the dance competition appears on-screen embodies the significance of the arts in children's (and all our) lives. And the kids are kids - whether they are dancing or chatting. You will just love this movie!!!


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