Mad Hot Ballroom

Mad Hot Ballroom

DVD - 2005
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Every year, the New York Public School system sponsors a dance competition for youngsters in fifth grade; in this contest, boys and girls ages 10 and 11 learn traditional ballroom dancing styles such as the fox trot, the rumba, and the tango, and then pit their skills against other students from around the Big Apple. Mad Hot Ballroom is a documentary which offers an inside look at this event, as well as the teachers and students who take part, with a particular emphasis on three schools: P.S. 112, in a Bensonhurst neighborhood dominated by Italian and Asian families; P.S. 150, located in the wealthy and fashionable Tribeca district; and P.S. 115, a Washington Heights school where the vast majority of families live below the poverty line. Filmmaker Marilyn Agrelo follows the young dancers as they gain confidence and skill and grow into "little ladies and gentlemen," as one teacher puts it, while also examining how cultural differences impact the competition for some students and how the boys and girls feel about the opposite sex as they begin to make friends with one another. Mad Hot Ballroom received a wildly enthusiastic world premiere at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2005.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781415714553
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jun 15, 2018

I love this movie. I saw it when it first came out at the theatre with my then-5th grader son, have seen it multiple times since, and got the DVD for my personal library. Endearing, inspiring, uplifting, insightful-- good in so many ways. Unfortunately, no car chases, explosions, or fist fights, but then again, I'm no longer an 18-25 year old testosterone-loaded male, so that's okay.

Oct 07, 2017

This documentary is so inspiring. I learned so much from these young children. If you love to dance and enjoy working with kids. This movie is a must see.

Sep 14, 2017

Utterly wonderful ! By the end you're ready to stand up and cheer for these charming, talented kids.

Aug 11, 2012

When is Hamilton-Wentworth DSB going to bring ballroom dancing into the curriculum? Hurrah for New York City that they have it! Nice to see these children giving it their all (well, most of them) and nice to see the enthusiasm of the dance instructors, too. Could've done without the rather rambling musings of the children on which boys or girls are hot or who likes whom - didn't really add anything. The dancing was great to see, though - amazing what Grade 4/5 kids can do in one semester.

May 27, 2011

Hi, This is Carmen. Please let me know if I can pick it up tomorrow Saturday a.m. Thanks.

alleycat Jun 19, 2008

Have you not seen this film? Place a hold immediately! Very inspiring documentary on New York City's inner school ballroom dancing program (mandatory for all students) and the one team that outshone them all. My young children (particularly, my daughter) really enjoyed this also.


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