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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

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


Marilyn Agrelo


Amy Sewell
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Credited cast:
Heather Berman ... Self
Emma Therese Biegacki Emma Therese Biegacki ... Self
Eva Carrozza Eva Carrozza ... Self
Evangelina Carrozzo Evangelina Carrozzo ... Self
Paul Daggett Paul Daggett ... Self
Graciela Daniele Graciela Daniele ... Self - Final Competition Judge
Pierre Dulaine Pierre Dulaine ... Self - Organizer and MC of the Final Dance Competition
Leslie Freu Leslie Freu ... Self - Teacher PS 112
Tara Devon Gallagher Tara Devon Gallagher ... Self
Madeleine Hackney ... Self
Charlotte Jorgensen Charlotte Jorgensen ... Self - Final Competition Judge
Rodney Lopez Rodney Lopez ... Self
Victoria Malvagno Victoria Malvagno ... Self
Stacee Mandeville Stacee Mandeville ... Self
Terri Mintzer Terri Mintzer ... Self - Teacher PS 144


Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen," on their way to try to compete in the final citywide competition. Providing unique insight into the incredible cultural diversity that is New York City, this film profiles several kids from three schools (out of 60) at this dynamic age, when becoming that "cool" teenager vies for position with familiar innocence, while they learn the merengue, rumba, tango, the foxtrot and swing. Written by Anonymous

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Anyone can make it if they know how to shake it.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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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 »


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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Crazy Credits

Some of the children add their observations about life in film clips during the credits. See more »


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by Peggy Lee
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User Reviews

Hard to find enough adjectives for "fabulous"!
27 July 2005 | by Ed-90See all my reviews

At first, I told my wife I didn't want to go. I thought it was yet another movie of McDonalds generation 11-year-olds, snotty and attitudinal, populated with stupid, bumbling adults trying to please them. I was very, very wrong. It was one of the best movies I've seen in years. It had meaning, warmth, humor, pathos--you name it. It had real adults, and real kids. Real teachers who were not afraid to be clear, loud and firm with kids, but with a great deal of love for them--and vice-versa. Plus, it makes you fall in love with NYC. I want to see the film again, and I can't recommend it enough. Hey, it's appropriate for everyone, too. (By the way, look for the lady who played Oliver Warbucks' assistant Grace in the movie "Annie"--she's a real dancer and one of the judges at the end.) In sum: don't miss this magic film.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forró táncparkett See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,348, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Just One Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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