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Take the Lead (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music  |  7 April 2006 (USA)
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The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.



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In New York, the polite dance instructor Pierre Dulaine sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of the director of a public school and on the next day he volunteers to teach dance to students to give respect, dignity, self-confidence, trust and teamwork. The reluctant director Augustine James offers the troublemakers that are in detention expecting Pierre to give-up of his intentions. Pierre struggles against the prejudice and ignorance of the students, parents and other teachers, but wins his battle when the group accepts to compete in a ballroom dance contest. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Never Follow.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dance with Me  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,051,277 (USA) (7 April 2006)


$1,113,955 (New Zealand) (18 August 2006)

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Pierre Dulaine:  as one of the judges for the 25th Annual Grand Ballroom Competition. See more »


When Augustine follows Pierre outside after the first meeting, there is a green bungee cord visible pulling the door closed. When some students enter the door, the bungee cord is gone. See more »


Pierre Dulaine: To do something, anything, is hard. It's much easier to blame your father, your mother, the environment, the government, the lack of money, but even if you find a place to assign the blame,it doesn't make the problems go away.
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Not what you've expected.
3 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

There are so many good films being released and so many formulaic films like these are released that it seems like we can do without a film like TAKE THE LEAD.But guess what,this ain't your average coming-of-age inspiring story.This is rather more fun and effective drama powered by fantastic dance sequences,with the aid of Benderas who leads the kids.

The entire film depends on Benderas' energy and wit.He fills the film with energy and wit and excites everyone in the film.I really enjoyed the superbly choreographed dance sequences as it brings about different cultures together and shows how much fun it could be.It's really enthralling.

A finely made entertaining film with a different treatment to an old formula.Surprise is on their side.

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