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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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Release Date:
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 »
Awards:
8 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Let's Dance! 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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Trivia:
Cinematographer Claudia Raschke held the camera at stomach level to keep it in line with the children's faces.See more »
Quotes:
Alex Tchassov:Let's use this trick, eye-to-eye connection, I am serious. Take a look at each other like
[it is for the]
Alex Tchassov:last time in your life.
Kids:Aw man, no!
Alex Tchassov:Ok. What is problem?
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FAQ

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Let's Dance!, 8 June 2005
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

It's been two glorious weeks for us award-winning teachers. Last week I reviewed the documentary Rock School, a raucous romp with teens from Philly grooving Zappa all the way to Germany. This week's Mad Hot Ballroom shows the NYC public schools competing for top honors in ballroom dancing, a required course that lets students and teachers, supplied by the American Ballroom Theater, strut their best stuff in the tango, rumba, meringue, and foxtrot.

Like last year's Spellbound, everyone gets to show competitive spirit with low-level anguish at losing and testosterone-fueled joy at winning. The strength of Ballroom is the enthusiasm of teachers who have little to gain but the biggest prize of all—the success of their charges. Fairly absent is the dominance of stage-door parents in the spelling competition. Ballroom better captures the harmony that pervades a group project where the human body gracefully expresses its glory and young people experience perhaps for the first time the wonder of collective activity that ties them to peers and teachers and effaces their natural youthful loneliness, delinquent temptations, and fear of losing.

Some will criticize Ballroom for showing too many contestants and thereby losing the intimacy documentaries thrive on. Yet, the eventual winners stand out from the first moment they appear, almost exonerating director Agrelo from the intimacy requirement; also, that communal experience is better explained through the roving camera and long shots of their dancing. Although Ballroom may be too long by as much as 15 minutes, I admit I would have liked to linger more with some of the children to see how their lives have been changed by the experience; Agrelo lets the voice over take care of a couple of histories.

Cinematographer Claudia Raschke's camera, held level with the children's faces, does its own winning dance with us as viewing partners. You'll want to put on your dancing shoes after this film.

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