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

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13 May 2005 (USA) See more »
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Anyone can make it if they know how to shake it.
Plot:
The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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8 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Learning self-reliance, poise and social graces through ballroom dancing! See more (62 total) »

Cast

 

Heather Berman ... Herself
Emma Therese Biegacki ... Herself
Eva Carrozza ... Herself
Evangelina Carrozzo ... Herself
Paul Daggett ... Himself
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 ... Herself

Madeleine Hackney ... Herself
Charlotte Jorgensen ... Herself - Final Competition Judge
Rodney Lopez ... Himself
Victoria Malvagno ... Herself
Stacee Mandeville ... Herself
Terri Mintzer ... Herself - Teacher PS 144

Nell Mooney ... Herself
Michelle Officer ... Herself - Final Competition Judge

Daniel Ponickly ... Himself
Danielle Quisenberry ... Herself

Ann Reinking ... Herself - Final Competition Judge
Yomaira Reynoso ... Herself - Teacher PS 115
Michael Richardson ... Himself - Final Competition Judge
Allison Sheniak ... Herself - Teacher PS 150
Solomon Singer ... Himself
Alex Tchassov ... Himself
Jatnna Toribio ... Dancer
Vanessa Villalobos ... Herself
Cyrus Hernstadt ... Himself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Marilyn Agrelo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amy Sewell 

Produced by
Marilyn Agrelo .... producer
Brian David Cange .... line producer
Wilder W. Knight II .... associate producer (as W. Wilder Knight II)
Amy Sewell .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph Baker 
Steven Lutvak 
 
Cinematography by
Claudia Raschke  (as Claudia Raschke-Robinson)
 
Film Editing by
Sabine Krayenbühl 
 
Production Management
Michael Jackman .... post supervisor
Stuart Macphee .... post supervisor
 
Sound Department
Carlo Albanese .... additional sound
Andre Artis .... additional sound
Bob Blauvelt .... additional sound
David Corcoran .... sound recordist
Margaret Crimmins .... sound editor
Tammy Douglas .... production sound mixer
Sean Flood .... additional sound
David Hocs .... additional sound
Daniel Johnson .... sound mixer (as Dan Johnson)
Andrew Shirley .... additional sound
Greg Smith .... sound editor
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Aldrich .... title designer
Mina White .... print graphics and design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Barocci .... additional photography (as Rob Barocci)
Jeremy Berger .... additional photography
Trish Govoni .... additional photography
Wolfgang Held .... additional photography
Neil Murphy .... cameraman
Claudia Raschke .... still photography (as Claudia Raschke-Robinson)
Douglas W. Shannon .... additional photography
 
Editorial Department
Haven Cousins .... digital intermediate producer: and coloristr
Jim Finn .... negative supervisor
Richard Haylock .... on-line editor
Corey Michael Lincoln .... post-production assistant (as Corey Lincoln)
Robert Luttrell .... digital intermediate supervisor
Robert Luttrell .... film colorist
Chris Mole .... colorist
Chris Mole .... on-line editor
Matt Woo .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Henry Hey .... composer: additional music
Henry Hey .... musician
Mark Reynolds .... music supervisor
Ralph Sall .... soundtrack album producer
 
Other crew
Susan Bahaloul .... head administrator: PS 144
Otto Cappel .... executive director: Dancing Classrooms
Martin Cruz .... production assistant
Pierre Dulaine .... co-director: Dancing Classrooms
John Dwokin .... legal counsel
Winston Emano .... publicist
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Blake Hornick .... legal counsel
Terri Kane .... publicist
Nicole Kaplan .... legal counsel
David Magdael .... publicist
Yvonne Marceau .... co-director: Dancing Classrooms
Anthony Mead .... production assistant
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Lois Olshan .... director: of arts PS 144
Alyssa Polack .... head administrator: PS 150
Danielle Quisenberry .... staff: developer Dancing Classrooms
D.R. Reiff .... insurance
Joanne Schioppi .... publicist
Robert Stein .... legal counsel (as F. Robert Stein)
Anne Stulz .... publicist
Louise Verdemare .... head administrator: PS 112
Steven Wallace .... publicist
Leah D. Weitzen .... legal counsel
Clarita Zeppie .... head administrator: PS 115
 
Thanks
Joel Klein .... special thanks
Sylvia Mellman .... generous thanks
Daphne Ottens .... generous thanks
Richard Ottens .... generous thanks
Charles Sewell .... generous thanks
Phyllis Sewell .... generous thanks
 

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Rated PG for some thematic elements
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USA:105 min
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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 »
Quotes:
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...
[hesitates]
Mouhamed:country.
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43 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Learning self-reliance, poise and social graces through ballroom dancing!, 4 June 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

This sunny documentary on a rainy and gloomy afternoon was the perfect movie to watch. "Mad Hot Ballroom" directed by Marilyn Agrelo, who is working with her collaborator, Amy Sewell, will put anyone into a good mood because it's a disarming view at inner city children who have benefited a lot from this experience.

What comes across in the documentary is the tenacity in which the teachers keep these children involved as they are exposed to another world many of them don't even know exists. The teachers one sees in the film are clearly people that ought to be commended for motivating children that otherwise would probably be in the streets hanging out and getting in trouble.

Yomaira Reynoso and Allison Sheniak are seen openly crying when describing what they are trying to give these youngsters. It shows their devotion to the children that comes from their hearts. It's a rare thing to find men and women whose lives are given to the cause of shaping these youngsters under their care. The other teachers also have to be singled out for their dedication, especially Rodney Lopez and Alex Tchassov.

Three public schools are shown preparing for the competition, but only three are singled out, one in Tribeca, one in Brooklyn and one in Washington Heights. The children featured in the different segments are caught being themselves. There seems to be an air of improvisation in the way Ms. Agrelo points the camera to whatever is going on. The kids come out so natural in being themselves, no small achievement for this, or any other director.

It is to Ms. Reynoso's credit to dress all the six couples of her team in such a colorful, yet modest, way they have a dignified and professional look. These children of Washington Heights are poor, but they clearly show they are there to win, despite of competing with other, more affluent, schools. In a way, Ms. Reynoso has achieved in showing by her example how to be a better person.

The dancing in all the different categories at the finals show all teams in great form. Some of the dancers show a grace and a joy for whatever they are dancing at the moment. This is reflected in some of the judges, especially Ann Reinking, who seems happily surprised by some of the kids on stage.

The reaction of the audience at the session we attended couldn't have been more positive. The energy of the music and the dancing make a perfect combination. Ms. Agrelo is to be congratulated for capturing these New York school kids that show an amazing group of young and talented people that are a delight to watch.

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