Musical Chairs (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  24 September 2011 (USA)
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When, Mia, a dance teacher, lands in the hospital after an accident, Armando, a would-be dancer who admires her from afar, persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest.



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A romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando Ortiz, from the Bronx, and Mia Franklin, from the Upper East Side, and their unlikely meeting. The story tells how the two of them come together through their love of ballroom dancing. Mia is a beautiful and vivacious professional dancer. Armando works at the midtown Manhattan dance studio in exchange for lessons and fantasizes of a time when he will dance with Mia. But a tragic accident forever changes Mia's life. True to his heart, Armando dedicates himself, along with a group of colorful misfits, to help Mia overcome her painful challenges and dance once more. Written by Anonymous

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Everybody dances to their own beat.


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual material and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dança das Cadeiras  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$9,092 (USA) (23 March 2012)


$31,316 (USA) (13 April 2012)

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(2012) Nominated for the Astaire Award for Best Feature Film. See more »


Nicky: [to Armando] Are you a real dance teacher? 'Cause you don't sound like a real dance teacher to me!
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Referenced in Push Girls: Breaking Back In (2012) See more »


Dance With Me
Based on the song "Hernando's Hideaway" by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler, from the musical "The Pajama Game"
Sung offscreen by Debelah Morgan during rehearsal montage
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A heartwarming story of unlikely lovers who meet over their love of ballroom dance.
11 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A sweet and fun story, and a great performance by EJ Bonilla.

Susan Seidelman delivers a heartwarming and beautiful love story full of energy, emotion and uplifting moments. Leah Pipes and EJ Bonilla have great chemistry and look like they're on their way to be stars.

The dancing is well choreographed and the music is upbeat and exciting. Seidelman does a good job of balancing the sadness of the tragedy with inspiring scenes and a moving ending. The film has and amazing spirit and leaves you feeling happy and upbeat.

I would recommend this film to everyone. It's a sweet love story and gives the audience a beautiful look into an unusual world of dance.

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