Mad Hot BallroomDirector: Marilyn Agrelo
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 city. Mad Hot Ballroom documents the 2004 program, focusing on 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.
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Cast & Crew
|Jia Wen Zhu||Participant|
|Joseph Baker||Score Composer|
|Tammy Douglas||Sound/Sound Designer|
|W. Wilder Knight||Associate Producer|
|Steven Lutvak||Score Composer|
|Mark Reynolds||Musical Direction/Supervision|
1. Introducing the Schools [:22]
2. A Quick Merengue [:20]
3. Boys and Girls [4:09]
4. Tired Students [3:50]
5. Tango [4:23]
6. Being a Kid [4:25]
7. Dancing for Fun [6:13]
8. Quarterfinals [1:11]
9. Good Experience [4:02]
10. Practice, Practice, Practice [7:36]
11. Looking Back [:34]
12. Manhattan Semifinals [7:07]
13. Defending Champs [7:26]
14. The Final Competition [5:09]
15. Colors of the Rainbow [3:22]
16. Going for the Gold [4:14]
17. Challenge Trophy [1:06]
18. The Indigo Team/End Credits [7:06]
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Be prepared to laugh, cry, clap, and dance your way to seeing the world in a different light. Wow. Amazing!
I saw this at the Traverse City film festival during the summer of 2005 and this is a wondeful movie. I enjoyed every minute of this uplifting and and enchanting film.
I watched this last night with my ten-year old daughter and she can't stop talking about it. A "must see" for any child, or adult, who has a love of dance and a passion for the arts. The documentary made us laugh, cry, and get up and do some of our own moves! We were clapping at the outcome and conclusion. It is entertaining, but also sparks some good conversation about the different ways children live and the message that no matter what obstacles you face, with hardwork, passion and determination you can be successful.
This documentary is one of the best I've seen in a long time. I is about inner city young people who earn extra credit learning to dance. And dance they do! The film will take you from clumsy beginning to spectacular end with other schools competing for the coveted trophy. You find yourself cheering for your favorite group. The most interesting thing was how everyone of the youngsters changed. They became more confident and and studious in their other classes. You must see this film, it will lift your spirits and brighten your day.
This is a charming documentary. Worth seeing and owning.
This movie is simply wonderful. It is inspirational, moving, funny, and it certainly will make you want to dance! The music is great, the kids are fun to watch and their spirit is infectious. Anyone who works with kids (teachers especially) ought to see this movie. These kids in NY Public Schools finally found motivation in something and for some of them, may help to turn their lives around and stay on the right path. This is such a heartfelt movie and you will find yourself rooting for the kids as they make their way into competition. Great great movie, I recommend it to everyone!