Mad Hot Ballroom

Release May 13, 2005 (Limited)
Director Marilyn Agrelo
Writer Amy Sewell
Genres Documentary
Studio Paramount Classics
Length 105 mins.


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 city-wide 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, Foxtrot, and Swing.

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