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Mad Hot Ballroom (ATOM Study Guide)

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Mad Hot Ballroom is an inspiring documentary suitable for middle years about 'Dancing Classrooms', a ballroom dancing program in New York City public schools. The documentary profiles fifth grade students from three schools, tracing their journey into the world of ballroom dancing as they prepare for a citywide competition.

Told from the candid perspectives of the students and their teachers, principals and American Ballroom Theater teaching artists, Mad Hot Ballroom provides a unique insight into the cultural diversity of New York City. The documentary highlights the importance of giving children opportunities to encounter the unfamiliar and triumph.

The study guide provides a close analysis of the socio-economic groups that the children come from, the issues facing eleven and twelve year olds in all cultures as boys and girls learn to communicate with each other and develop friendships.

Curriculum Links:
The documentary and study guide are relevant to upper primary and lower secondary:

  • English
  • Dance
  • Media Studies

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