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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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Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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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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White chubby kid: My religion does not allow me to dance, and Mouhamed's does not allow him to dance either, so we have really enjoyed being DJs.
Mouhamed: Everybody has been very nice to me, although... I am... from another...
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Mouhamed: country.
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Tango your way to the theater immediately!
13 May 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

You can't help but smile throughout this movie... the filmmakers have beautifully showcased an amazing group of children and teachers, along with the struggles and triumphs in the competitive world of ballroom dancing. It's loads of fun for all ages...

In this age of reality television, I believe audiences will truly embrace this moving (yet funny!) documentary. It follows 4th & 5th graders at three public schools in New York City that have ballroom dance as part of their curriculum. We watch these diverse groups of kids learn the tango, merengue, rumba, foxtrot and swing and ultimately blossom into talented dancers while becoming little "ladies and gentlemen."


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