Mad Hot Ballroom PG

Mad Hot Ballroom
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 18, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by
Music by , , , , &
Screenwriting by
Produced by &
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 8,367
Rating: B+ -- Charming, poignant and festive "Mad Hot Ballroom" is an inspirational documentary that shows the power of dance to invigorate self-esteem and ambition in young hearts. Full Review
ColeSmithey.com
Apr 16, 2009
Rating: 3/4 -- Listening to the kids talk is a treat in itself, but watching them strut their stuff in the final competition is enough to make you stand up and cheer.
Rolling Stone
Aug 5, 2005
[C]harming...
New York Times
May 13, 2005
Charming if slightly overlong. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Rating: 3.5/5 -- There's not a sequin, an ostrich feather nor a miniature tuxedo in sight, and everybody who gets anywhere near the finals looks absolutely right. Full Review
Sydney Morning Herald
Sep 30, 2005
Rating: B -- Inspiring and enjoyable, this docu chronicles the physical and psychological transformation of school kids of different social classes as they enter into the 'exotic' world of ballroom dancing. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Mar 1, 2011
A much more sanguine view of cultural diversity emerges in this enchanting documentary...what Mad Hot Ballroom lacks in depth, it more than makesup for in charm and vibrancy.
Newsweek
Feb 28, 2018

Product Description:

Tango, foxtrot, swing, rumba, and meringue may seem to represent the last vestiges of a dying art to some, but director Marilyn Agrelo proves this is far from true in MAD HOT BALLROOM. Agrelo reveals that the New York City public school system runs a ballroom dance program for fifth graders, in which these former preserves of the adult world are given a new lease on life by some enthusiastic little characters. The film follows students at three schools in the neighborhoods of Tribeca, Bensonhurst, and Washington Heights, with Agrelo training her cameras on the kids' lives both inside and outside of the classroom. The students are united by a zeal for the ballroom dancing lessons, which builds over a 10-week period and culminates in a competition to find the school that has produced the best dancers in the city. As the teachers gently cajole their students to learn the intricacies of the various disciplines, Agrelo intersperses classroom footage with the students' musings on life; many of these reveal a remarkable maturity. Gender and race boundaries disappear as focus on the competition consumes the students' energy, and the teachers are brought to tears as they see their prodigies turning into what one teacher touchingly terms "little ladies and gentlemen." As the pitter-patter of tiny toes scuttles across the ballroom floor in the competition's final stages, it's impossible not to get swept up in the action. One of Agrelo's cameramen is caught grinning in an affectionate, almost paternal manner as he accidentally wanders into the frame while filming. One of 2005's most uplifting slices of cinema, MAD HOT BALLROOM is a joyous, life-affirming experience.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: May 13, 2005 (Limited)
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 8,783
  • UPC: 097363455547
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