Take the Lead

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date: April 7, 2006
DVD: August 29, 2006

Current rating: Rating: 4.02
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Cast: Antonio Banderas, Alfre Woodard, Rob Brown, Dante Basco, Lauren Collins, Jonathan Malen, Jenna Dewan

Synopsis

Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas), an inspirational Manhattan dance teacher and competitor, volunteers his time to teach ballroom dancing to a diverse group of New York inner-city high school students serving detention.

The students are initially skeptical of Dulaine, especially when they learn what he's there to teach them, but his unwavering commitment and dedication slowly inspire them to embrace his program. In fact, they even take it one step further and combine Dulaine's classical dance with their unique hip-hop style and music to create a high-energy, unique fusion.

As Dulaine becomes a mentor for his students, many of whom haven't had much to strive towards in their lives, he inspires them to hone their craft for a prestigious city ballroom competition, and in return they share with each other valuable lessons about pride, respect and honor.

Inspired by a true story.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Toronto. Some cast members are Canadian.

Director: Liz Friedlander
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Diane Nabatoff, Michelle Grace
Screenplay: Diane Houston
Official Site: www.theleadmovie.com

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