The ultimate source of music for learning dance steps featured in the film! You too can salsa, tango, merengue, foxtrot, swing, rumba, and line dance to the Mad Hot Ballroom Soundtrack.
Kids do the darnedest things. If they’re not starring in a documentary about spelling bees, they’re starring in a documentary about a school for rock & roll music--or maybe even one about a New York City public school program for ballroom dancing. Naturally, one would hold a soundtrack to a film about dancing to a slightly higher standard than most movie albums. Mad Hot Ballroom is probably not a future classic à la Dirty Dancing or even Flashdance, but it still does a producer proud. This is the music grandparents wish their grandkids would listen to: Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller--the oldies and goodies are in the house. The CD also kicks it Latin-style with a few spicy Merengue (Tango and Rumba, too) numbers. It’s feel-good music that gets the documentary-going crowd up out of their theater seats and into dance class. After all, if 11-year olds can do it... --Leah Weathersby
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