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Banderas is charismatic in the lead, and the dance sequences are captivating, but the story is too familiar and predictable. Read critic reviews

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When internationally renowned dancer Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) takes a teaching job in a New York City public school, he meets ridicule from the street-wise students, who scoff at the notion of ballroom dancing. Far from being discouraged, he melds their hip-hop moves with his classical style, helping them create a dance form and, in the process, becoming their mentor.

Cast & Crew

Antonio Banderas
Pierre Dulaine
Rob Brown
Rock
Alfre Woodard
Augustine James
Jo Chim
Gretchen
Nigel Churcher
Art Direction
Gordon Sim
Set Decoration
Alex Nepomniaschy
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Aaron Zigman
Original Music
Swizz Beatz
Original Music
Melissa Toth
Costume Designer
Toby Emmerich
Executive Producer
Mark Kaufman
Executive Producer
Ray Liotta
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  • Oct 20, 2012
    The sole reason for seeing this film: Antonio Banderas in a charismatic lead role, and looking like he was born in a tuxedo. The dance sequences are captivating and entertaining to watch, but it's probably one of the most uninspired inspiring stories I've seen. It's full of cliches, and a formulaic plot line that couldn't hold my interest past an hour.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Another great dance film. The fact that it was a true story made me like it more. Made it much more honest and happier.
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2009
    A nice depiction of a nice irony. It may seem to be a try hard dance movie but it's not. They delivered the movie well with a great story & great acting. Good film
    Lemuel M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2009
    This is a great dance flick. It's got such a good story, and i will say that the dancing isn't as amazing as the dancing i've seen in other movies, it's still fun to watch. Antonio Banderas is great in this film, and so are the other cast members.
    James H Super Reviewer

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