Sunday, July 5, 2009

Refreshing Suggestion: Mad Hot Ballroom

Would you like a really sweet, refreshing film to view this summer?

May I suggest a new find from my public library dvd shelf: Mad Hot Ballroom, a 2005 documentary by Cuban-born director Marilyn Agrelo and writer/producer Amy Sewell about a ballroom dance program in the New York City public school system. 11-year old 4th & 5th graders compete for the city-wide prize in ballroom dancing. Agrelo profiles several of the classes competing, and the results are sheer delight-- charming, candid, funny, touching, sizzling, refreshing and inspiring. A winner!

Click here to watch the trailer on youtube:


Ps—what are some of your favorite films?


  1. I agree. I saw it when it was released, excellent documentary, full of hope and really inspiring. I'd make it compulsory viewing in all schools, from 4th grade up.
    Now for my favorite films, the list is too long, I have been a cinema-fan from the first movie I ever watched, when I was 3... I'd say, Lubitsch's To Be Or Not To Be, and the one about the Canadian geese, "Fly Away Home", + the French movie Diva, and When The Cranes Fly (a 1956 Russian movie), and of course Orson Welles's Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil, + all the Hitchcock's movies, Milos Forman's Amadeus, and I'll stop there but there are way way more.

  2. Ah! I love Diva! Haven't thought about that one in a long time. Very cool. Fly Away Home is darling. My favorite movies have a character with a heart of gold :) Another favorite, in the same genre as Mad Hot Ballroom: Stand and Deliver, in which Edward James Olmos stars as Jaime Escalante, the real life math teacher who turns a classroom full of underachievers into kids who can handle AP Calculus with aplomb.