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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 »
Awards:
8 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Superb documentary about far, FAR more than 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)

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
Chris Besseling .... uk marketing executive: metrodome
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:
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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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Superb documentary about far, FAR more than dance, 27 July 2005
Author: Bob Pr. from Topeka, KS

NYC has a 10 week Phys. Ed program that teaches ballroom dancing to 5th graders. Some of those kids can elect to join a team, similar to one in football, basketball, track, etc. -- of inter-school competition. This documentary follows the development, training, and competition of some of those teams.

While learning to dance and the competition is the overlying central theme of the narrative, the film is about far more.

Fifth graders will be typically six years old PLUS their grade level -- so most will be about eleven while some are 12 and a few are 10 years old. These students are at -- or a few degrees either side -- of the cusp of puberty. That stage is also graphically reflected in their heights --some are barely above 3 feet while others approach six. Many of the kids come from neighborhoods in which most are disadvantaged, crime ridden, and fractured families while some are from the reverse.

The film brings back to us what it was like to be a kid (and maybe wonder which of those we see here that we would have been most like?), the whole process of learning, of growing up, of the transition of thoughts and expectations kids have about what lies beyond puberty, the relation between caring adults (teachers) and children, the emotions teachers have about the ones they lose and the ones they win, etc.

I've often wondered if -- maybe -- many of us have a hidden, secret talent -- to be a Serena Williams, a Yo Yo Mah, Carol King, W.H. Auden, Charles Eames, etc. -- but our hidden talent has never been discovered.

The NYC program filmed here discovers some of those talents that would otherwise remain hidden. And this documentary shows, through the lens of dancing, some of the process of a crucial stage in human development and our dependence on our peers and empathic teachers/mentors.

And all of this is done without a voice over narration. At times I was a little confused about which kids of which school we were watching. But I learned to relax -- it's the panorama that's most important.

Great film.

It takes "Spellbound" as a model and advances it.

I'd welcome seeing 50 films of this quality a year.

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