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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.

Director:

Marilyn Agrelo

Writer:

Amy Sewell
8 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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.


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Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,348, 15 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,044,906, 20 November 2005
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Just One Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Nickelodeon Movie to be a documentary. See more »

Quotes

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.
Mouhamed: Everybody has been very nice to me, although... I am... from another...
[hesitates]
Mouhamed: country.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »

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FEVER
by Peggy Lee
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Truly Moving Picture
1 June 2005 | by tolliniSee all my reviews

I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival that screens films for their Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "...explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

This is a documentary that plays out like a story. Three fifth grade classes of different schools in diverse NYC learn ballroom dancing in order to compete in a citywide dance contest in downtown Manhatten. You watch the kids evolve from clumsy to close-to-graceful and from hesitant to confident.

The best part was that the kids ignored the camera. They didn't play to the camera at all. And ten year old kids are beautiful as they bounce back-and-forth from juvenile to young adult and back to juvenile in a matter of seconds.

The camera work and directing are interesting because you don't notice them. You feel you are the observer and not the camera. The movie simply looks honest and truthful.

FYI - There is a Truly Moving Picture web site where there is a listing of past winners going back 70 years.


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