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Mad Hot Ballroom

Rated PG for some thematic elements.

PG In Theaters 05/13/2005 , 110min.
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Plot & Details

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.
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Run Time: 110min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 05/13/2005
  • DVD Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Distributor(s): Paramount
  • Director(s): Marilyn Agrelo
  • Themes: Cultural Diversity [k]
  • Tone: Affectionate,Humorous,Warm
  • Keywords: ballroom-dance, dance-lessons, pre-teen, public-school, schoolchildren
  • Country of Origin: USA - Limited (05-13-2005)
  • Language: English,Spanish

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Documentary Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Documentary Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 National Board of Review Best Documentary Nominated

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