Mad Hot Ballroom

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Mad Hot Ballroom
Mad Hot Ballroom.jpg
Mad Hot Ballroom film poster
Directed by Marilyn Argrelo
Produced by Marilyn Argrelo
Amy Sewell
Brian David Cange
Wilder Knight II
Written by Amy Sewell
Starring Madeleine Hackney
Music by John Peasano
Cinematography Claudia Raschke-Robinson
Production
  company
Nickelodeon Movies
Distributed by Paramount Classics
Release date(s) May 13, 2005
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $8,117,961

Mad Hot Ballroom is a documentary film by director Marilyn Agrelo and writer/producer Amy Sewell about a ballroom dance program in the New York City public school system. In the film, Agrelo and Sewell reveal that the New York City public school system runs a ballroom dance program for fifth graders. Several styles of dance are shown in the film, such as tango, foxtrot, swing, rumba and merengue.[1]

Plot[edit]

Based on a feature article written by Sewell, Mad Hot Ballroom looks inside the lives of eleven-year-old New York City public school kids who journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves along the way. Told from the students' perspectives as the children strive toward the final citywide competition, the film chronicles the experiences of students at three schools in the neighborhoods of Tribeca, Bensonhurst and Washington Heights. The students are united by an interest in 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 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 an underlying maturity.[1]

Production and reception[edit]

The documentary premiered at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was purchased by Paramount Classics and Nickelodeon Movies. It had a limited theatrical release in the United States on May 13, 2005. Mad Hot Ballroom was the second highest grossing documentary in 2005 after March of the Penguins.[2] As of February 7, 2012 it had earned over $8.1 million, making it the sixteenth-highest-grossing documentary film in the United States - (in nominal dollars, from 1982 to the present).[3]

Awards[edit]

Awards bestowed upon Mad Hot Ballroom include:[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mad Hot Ballroom - Rotten Tomatoes." Rotten Tomatoes. 16 April 2014.
  2. ^ Hot Ballroom.htm Mad Hot Ballroom at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "Documentary Movies". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  4. ^ IMDB Award List

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