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Moxie Flix: Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition.
(PG, 110 mins.)


Saturday, May 18, 2024

12:00 PM

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Summary: An inspiring look inside the lives of New York City school kids on a journey into the world of ballroom dancing, an unexpected arena where they discover new frontiers about attitude, movement, style and commitment. [Paramount Classics]

Director: Marilyn Agrelo
Genre(s): Music, Family, Documentary
Rating: PG

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

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"It will sweep you off your feet."

— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"A crowd-pleaser of immense proportions."

— Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Aside from being perfectly irresistible, the movie is also deeply inspiring, especially for children."

— Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

"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."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"This is an amazing documentary achievement -- easily as good, if not better, than any recent 'feel good' fictional story that Hollywood has put on the screen."

— James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"Clearly, the dance lessons are life lessons as well, nurturing self-confidence, team spirit, the joy of dancing and even a slight touch of Old World etiquette in an otherwise too-busy- to-be-courteous world."

— Eleanor Ringel Cater, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"For director Marilyn Agrelo and screenwriter Amy Sewell, the documentary is a beautifully realized first effort. For the documented youngsters, it's a celebration of their stamina, tenacity and unforced lovability."

— Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News