Mad Hot New York
By ANTHONY RAMIREZ
Published: July 17, 2005
Walking along the Brooklyn Heights promenade, the pint-size aspiring dancer stops and points at the Manhattan skyline, which looms like a passing starship. "It all happens there," the little girl says.
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Charles Martin, left, Luke Davis and Carol Uraneck at the Central Park Zoo early this month. They are among 400 chosen from across the nation for the Joffrey workshop.
What happens in Manhattan is dance. And dance is the world to the girl in this scene from "Mad Hot Ballroom," a documentary film about elementary-school children in New York who rumba, fox trot and tango their way to glory.
Seven dance students visiting from the Southwest watched the movie at a theater in Manhattan last month. As the movie ended, they giggled into the lobby - pirouetting, jumping and crouching into a tango. "I could so live here," said Charles Martin, 16.
And sorry to burst this journalist's bubble, but most of the ABT dancer walk out the stage doors and go home via their own two feet or the subway. not too many limos there.