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.
Anyone can make it if they know how to shake it.
1 July 2005 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $45,348,
15 May 2005, Limited Release
Gross USA: $8,044,906, 20 November 2005
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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The three schools that the film follows are: PS 150 from the affluent Tribeca area; PS 112 from the primarily Italian and Asian area of Bensonhurst; and PS 115 from Washington Heights, a Dominican neighborhood where over 97% of the residents live below the poverty line. See more
White chubby kid
My religion does not allow me to dance, and Mouhamed's does not allow him to dance either, so we have really enjoyed being DJs.
Everybody has been very nice to me, although... I am... from another...
Some of the children add their observations about life in film clips during the credits. See more
Version of Take the Lead
by Peggy Lee See more