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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.)

Free streaming of this classic is made possible thanks to the Springfield Greene County Library.

Free streaming of this classic is made possible thanks to the Springfield Greene County Library. To access the film you will need a current Library Card. Don't have a library card? Click here to sign up for a temporary card, or here to ask questions about your current library card). Access the film trough the Library's online streaming portal called Hoopla. Go to their website or download the Hoopla Digital app from their respective app stores for smartphone/tablet. Hoopla FAQs here. If you are already an avid Hoopla fan, this check out will NOT count in your monthly check-out limit. Thanks, Library!

Saturday, May 2nd at 11:30 there will be a live post show discussion (on our Moxie Kids page) of Mad Hot Ballroom with Moxie Mornings host, Ashley Fillmer.
Mad Hot Ballroom is free to stream till the end of May.

Film Synopsis: 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