Hot Ballroom' is an inspiring documentary film perfect
for anyone interested in dance, which takes a look inside
the lives of eleven-year-old New York City public school
kids who journey into the world of ballroom dancing
and discover more about themselves along the way.
Told from their honest and sometimes hilarious points
of view, they are transformed from typical urban kids
to ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ as they strive
toward their goal of the final citywide competition.
The program that allows these children the opportunity
to learn to ballroom dance is called ‘American
Ballroom Theater’s (ABrT) Dancing Classrooms’,
which currently provides dance classes at over sixty
public schools in New York City.
This program was introduced into schools ten years ago.
In ten weeks of intense, required classes, the program’s
skilled and passionately inventive teachers take their
students through a dance repertory: meringue, rumba,
tango, foxtrot and swing dancing.
film, from first time feature filmmaker Marilyn Agrelo,
focuses on several kids from three elementary schools
who are learning to dance on this program, while at
the same time finding that becoming a ‘cool’
teenager vies with familiar innocence while learning
the merengue, rumba, tango, the foxtrot and swing.
In the process, we see boys and girls learn a whole
lot more than just how to make the right steps! To find
out more about the film, why not check out their website
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Opens 25th November
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movie is an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago,
originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.
the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time
chorus dancer married but having an affair with Fred
Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he
can make her a star. However, when Roxie realises that
his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders
Fred in cold blood.
soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly
(Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used
to perform with her sister.
Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with
her husband she shot them both dead, and, after scheming
prison matron 'Mama' Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot
lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the
new Queen of the scandal sheets.
is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune
could also bring her fame, so she too hires Flynn. Soon
Flynn is splashing Roxie's story - or, more accurately,
a highly melodramatic revision of Roxy's story - all
over the press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling
neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the
is set at New York's High School of Performing Arts,
where talented teens train for show-business careers.
Told in five episodes - auditions and each academic
year - the film focuses on a seven main student characters:
Coco (Irene Cara) a gifted singer; Montgomery (Paul
McCrane) a confused gay actor; Leroy (Gene Anthony Ray)
an illiterate but talented dancer; Bruno (Lee Curreri)
a synthesizer player; Ralph (Barry Miller) an actor
ashamed of his Puerto Rican heritage; Doris (Maureen
Teefy) a shy insecure singer; Hilary (Antonia Franceschi)
a talented but spoiled prima donna dancer; Lisa (Laura
Dean) a frustrated dancing student.
McGregor stars as Christian, who leaves behind his father
to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre,
Paris. Christian meets the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
(John Leguizamo), who introduces him to a world of music,
theatre, and the scandalous dance known as the cancan,
all at the Moulin Rouge, a decadent dance hall and theatre
that's the brainchild of Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent).
also meets and falls into a tragically doomed romance
with the Satine (Nicole Kidman), who becomes the star
of the play he's writing, which parallels the couple's
romance and utilizes rock music from a century later,
including songs by Nirvana, Madonna, the Beatles, and
Queen, among others.
Beals stars as Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel-mill welder
by day and bar dancer by night. She has dreams of a
career in ballet and is given financial support in her
endeavours by her boss Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) and
moral support by demanding but big-hearted instructor
Hanna Long (Lilia Skala). The film's signature scene
is, of course, Alex's water-drenched dance audition,
largely performed in long shot by her dance double Marine
Jahan. Essentially an old-fashioned backstage yarn,
Flashdance was given a contemporary spin by its pulsating,
musical score featuring the Oscar-winning Best Song,
Flashdance...What a Feeling.
competitions, 12 young dancers make it to the American
Ballet Academy. They'll prepare for a recital to determine
who will be asked to join the American Ballet Company.
Tensions mount between Jonathan, the company's aging
choreographer, and Cooper, his best dancer, who also
wants to choreograph. The brilliant Maureen seems poised
for success, but she discovers that life is passing
her by. Jody, whose body may be the wrong type and whose
technique is ragged, elicits Cooper's interest. The
edgy, smart-mouthed Eva loves to dance but seems destined
to be stuck in the back of the chorus. The recital will
decide their fates.
Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but
much to the displeasure of the Australian ballroom dance
community, Scott believes in dancing 'his own steps'.
He refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom
dancing and instead creates his own style of choreography.
When his unorthodox style causes his regular partner
to dance out of his life, Scott is forced to take up
a new partner, Fran, a beginner who initially seems
without promise. But, with his help, she turns into
an assured and wonderful dancer. Together, these two
misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships
and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong
when they say, 'there are no new steps!'
the Last Dance (2001)
her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina decimated
by the accidental death of her mother, Sara Johnson
(Julia Stiles) is forced to move from her quiet Vermont
town to her father's ghetto apartment on the south side
of Chicago. Knowing no one at her new school and not
at home in the gritty, inner-city high school, Sarah
has trouble adjusting. But she soon becomes friends
with Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), a popular black student
with a passion for hip hop and a future brighter than
his troubled past. Their mutual love of dance leads
their friendship into something deeper and Sara's repressed
ambition and sorrow are released through a revitalised
interest in the expressive power of dance.
1963, Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is a 17-year-old
spending the summer with her family at a resort hotel.
One night Baby discovers the hotel staff 'dirty dancing'.
She is particularly struck by handsome Johnny Castle
(Patrick Swayze), a dancer in the resort's show, and
soon falls head over heels in love. When Johnny's dance
partner finds herself pregnant after a fling with one
of the waiters, Baby volunteers to learn the steps and
take her place for one of their shows. As the summer
winds down, Baby and Johnny must come to grips with
responsibility and love and others' expectations.
a visit to America, Australian Sandy meets Danny Zuko
at the beach and falls in love. She is heartbroken when
the Summer ends and she has to return home. But fate
lends a hand - her parents decide to stay in America
and she finds herself attending Rydell High, the same
school as Danny. But Danny at school is different from
Danny at the beach. He is the leader of the T-Birds,
a leather clad gang, and has a reputation to keep up.
He can't be seen to fall in love with someone so 'uncool'.
Sandy is upset and seeks solace with some new friends
she has made - a female gang called The Pink Ladies.
But her prim and proper ways do not fit in and she soon
finds herself almost alone. A change must be made. Does
she attempt to get her man by turning him into a jock?
Or must she get rid of her squeaky clean image?
Night Fever (1977)
is an uneducated Brooklyn teenager who'd give anything
to break out of his dead-end existence. The highlight
of his week is going to the local disco, where he is
the king of the dancefloor. Tony meets Stephanie at
the disco and they agree to dance together in a competition.
Stephanie resists Tony's attempts to romance her, as
she aspires to greater things than her job as a secretary;
she is moving across the river to glamorous Manhattan.
Gradually, Tony also becomes disillusioned with the
life he is leading and he and Stephanie decide to help
one another to start afresh.
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