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You might think of ballroom dancing as stuffy and dull - but that's before you've seen this uplifting and thought-provoking documentary about a group of ordinary eleven year olds who set out to compete in a children's ballroom dance contest in New York. The movie is told from the point of view of the kids themselves as they get ready for the big day at the city's World Financial Center - with the film-makers dealing with their very different (and sometimes troubled) backgrounds at the same time as it deals with their attempts to master the tango, the merengue, the foxtrot and the rumba.
A film guide that looks at Akeelah and the Bee (2006), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
This resource focuses on the transition between primary and secondary school for students.
A film guide that looks at Ballerina (2016), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film guide that looks at Être et Avoir (2002), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film guide that looks at Mad Hot Ballroom (2005), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Documentary set in the slums of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro about a hardworking teen hoping he can escape poverty by becoming a top ballet dancer.
11+ years 82 mins
This visually spectacular, dreamlike film from Powell and Pressburger is one of the great classics of British cinema.
11+ years 128 mins
Surprisingly exciting, funny and touching documentary following children of all ages as they compete in the USA's national spelling championships.
11+ years 95 mins
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We look at new coming-of-age drama The Fits, the story of young boxer Toni and her transition into adulthood as she joins a competitive dance troupe.
Reading time 4 mins
Into Film's CPD and Resources coordinator Samantha discusses how film can be an excellent tool to help educators manage successful transitions for young people.
Reading time 9 mins
We take a look at new dance-focused drama Step and the way it - and other films about creativity - can help people through challenging real life situations.
Reading time 7 mins
Watching and discussing film helps develop emotional understanding, while participating in filmmaking can provide a powerful means of self expression.
A film list that showcases the best dance on screen, featuring a range of styles, disciplines, and inspiring stories.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films26
Films for Primary and Secondary that celebrate identity and teach the importance of belonging and inclusion.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films30
20 great titles, picked especially for audiences aged 7 - 11, to get you started on your Into Film club journey.
No. of films20
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