Movie: Take The Lead



Released in 2006 and Rated PG-13

Antonio Banderas stars as Pierre Dulaine. A real-world dancer and dance instructor who’s early works with children was fictionalized in this film.

I suggest this movie because of the good story, good acting with some drama and comedy. I gave it 4 stars.

The story of a dance instructor who gets involved with an inner city school and volunteers his time to teach the high school kids ballroom dancing. He isn’t taken seriously by the teachers or the students until one day he tries something different by bringing in a professional dancer from his dance studio to encourage the students. It works but they do not care for the typical ballroom dance music so they tweak it to a blend of modern sounds while keeping the original rhythm which is something more their style with the approval of Dulaine. When the classes start going really well, one teacher who doesn’t like the dancing tries to stop it.

A parent/teacher conference is held to consider stopping the dance lessons. One argument is the students should use the time for studying and homework. Dulaine’s point of view won me over as well as the parents so the dance lessons continue. Dulaine’s rebuttal was the benefits of the students physically interacting with one another and showing respect. Teaching young men to earn their partner’s trust to lead them. Quote “The man proposes the step. It is the woman’s choice to accept by following. Now, to follow takes as much strength as to lead.”

Dulaine’s teaching advances to the point of a ballroom dance competition and he encourages his students to compete. It makes for a good ending of the movie.

Antonio Banderas may have starred in this movie but there were many others who made this film memorable. Ramos played by Dante Basco was really good and had me searching his other film credits.