Mad Hot Ballroom

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This heartwarming documentary will win audiences over, as the sheer charm of precocious, enthusiastic children learning to dance resonates from the screen.



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This is a profile of several New York City's public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing. The eleven-year-olds go from reluctantly participating in ballroom dancing to preparing to compete in the citywide finals.

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  • 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.

    Feb 28, 2018

    David Ansen

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  • It will sweep you off your feet.

    Nov 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Charming if slightly overlong.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Raven Snook

    Time Out
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  • It's a tale of tears, triumph and tread-upon toes; it may wear you out, but it'll put a spring in your step too.

    Dec 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 30, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Mad Hot Ballroom

Sweet but kind of slow.

Julie B
Julie B

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Cute kids dancing. It's sweet but in a PBS special kind of way.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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Fantastic... I was cheering for those kids. :)

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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OMG what a cuuute documentary! totally got shafted at the oscars, cause i was like MANOHMAN little fifth-graders you have way more hip movement than me.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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