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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6,000 kids. 60 schools. 10 weeks. 1 dream. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Cinematographer Claudia Raschke held the camera at stomach level to keep it in line with the children's faces. 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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May change school curriculum throughout the country
21 May 2005 | by SFfilmgoerSee all my reviews

This is a heart warming and amusing documentary about a ballroom dancing competition between 11 year old students at several New York public schools where ballroom dancing is taught. The kids are taught to dance the merengue, tango, foxtrot and other steps. To merely say it was cute is an understatement.

It begins as the kids start to learn to dance, at first sometimes awkward and bashful, but by the end of the course the kids are transformed into "ladies and gentlemen" (as the teachers refer to them), miniature versions of accomplished ballroom dancers. The children take on many of the aspects of professional adult dancers, moving to the beat of the music, always smiling and making eye contact with their partners while they dance like pros.

This film is likely to cause parents who see it to want their kids to learn too. It will not be surprising if ballroom dancing courses begin to spread in schools through the country.

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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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