Their literature states: "The dance is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honour and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different." It "changes the lives of the teachers and parents who support these children." ( Part of the credit for the recent popularity of ballroom dancing goes to Masayuki Suo's 1996 Japanese movie Shall We Dance? In that movie a middle-aged man discovers that ballroom dancing fills a need for something missing in his life.
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) is a movie about 6,000 kids from 60 schools in New York City who learned ballroom dancing and competed for achievement awards for their schools.
But none of them received as much attention -- or made as much money -- as "March of the Penguins" or "Mad Hot Ballroom," two movies that typify what might be called the Hollywood-style documentary, or the genre documentary.
The genre documentary supplies the emotional and narrative satisfactions associated with popular commercial cinema, mining its material directly from the real world rather than synthesizing it according to screenwriting formulas.
That the movie explores a unique event, the outcome of which could not have been known in advance, makes its sentiments sweeter and more intense.
The kind of uplift that feels a little phony in a "based on a true story" feature like "Coach Carter" or "Dreamer" is redeemed in the competition documentary, a subgenre that also includes "Rize" and "Murderball."But the breakthrough genre documentary this year was surely Luc Jacquet's "March of the Penguins," which earned more than million at the American box office, becoming the second-highest-grossing nonfiction movie ever.
"Take the Lead" begins with rudeness, ends with good manners, and argues that poor inner city schools can be redeemed by ballroom dancing.
The only thing wrong with this vision, I suspect, is that it works for the ballroom dancers but not for the gangbangers, who continue on their chosen careers.
Women wore full skirts and men wore gaucho costumes with high boots and spurs which necessitated several movements that are a part of today's tango. (Dancing with partners) "You get to know your classmates." Sixth grade students Emily and Amour dance the tango I'm a proponent of ballroom dancing, but there are other popular styles of dancing that you and your kids might enjoy: hula dancing, square dancing, folk dancing, belly dancing, ballet, hip-hop, jazz and native dance.
I asked what the most memorable part of the program was and they both enthusiastically reported that dancing in the finals at the Palais Royale with all of their classmates and family members clapping and cheering them on was thrilling.