Picture from Mad Hot Ballroom
Overall A

Why has New York City's school district made ballroom dancing a mandatory part of the curriculum for fifth-graders? Find out in this top-tapping documentary.

Violence A
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B+
Substance Use B+

MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic elements

Talk to your kids about…

Mad Hot Ballroom

In addition to dancing, what skills do the children learn? How are teachers portrayed in this film? In what ways do their examples affect the children in their classrooms?

The citywide contest is the culminating event for the students. How do the children learn to deal with success and failure at the competition? How do they support one another and develop a team attitude?