Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Mad Hot Ballroom

Year: 2005
Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish
Run Time: 105 minutes

MAD HOT BALLROOM provides an insightful, inspiring and often hilarious look at a group of eleven-year old New York City public school kids who journey into the world of ballroom dancing. Along the way, they reveal themselves and their world as they compete in the final citywide competition. Told from their candid perspectives, these kids are transformed from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen." The film focuses on several schools as their teams move from stage to stage in the competition, eventually focusing on the very best eleven-year-old ballroom dancers. The interviews with the students provide riveting insight into their lives growing up in the inner-city dealing with everything from drugs, single parenthood and crime, but provide the innocence that only children can provide. As these kids practice the rumba, tango, meringue, and swing they also speak about what they are looking for in a boyfriend/girlfriend, and in life in general.

Amy Sewell

Marilyn Agrelo, Amy Sewell

Claudia Raschke-Robinson

Sabine Krayenbuhl

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