Take the Lead

Take the Lead

DVD - 2006
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Pierre Dulane is a former professional ballroom dancer who volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system. At first his background clashes with his students' tastes, but together Dulane and his students create a completely new style of dance.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : New Line Home Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006
ISBN: 9780780655225
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 25, 2019

Take The Lead features a generous New York ballroom dance teacher by the name of Pierre who sees a teenager vandalizing the car of the principal of the public school and on the next day, he volunteers to teach dance to his students to bring respect, dignity, and teamwork. The masses may scrutinize dance as a playful activity with no educational merits. There is more to life than sports and math. Math is associated with the left-brain. Dance is associated with creativity and the right brain. I would love to see dance programs in schools for the same reasons that math, social studies, and science is a requirement in our education. I believe dance is a fundamental part of our education. It may even help mental health among teens considering dance can reduce depression. All children excel and learn differently from a new perspective of creativity, and originality. Ballroom dance incorporates balance between two opposites, an essential component for the survival of our species in accordance to natural law. Certain groups manipulate their rights against the traditional gender roles in ballroom dancing by means of psychology, which is designed to engineer a new species. Ballroom dancing promotes balance of natural law instead of decadence. Certain groups desire to readjust the lead and follow methods in dance, and this is concocted to demolish the connection between certain couples and establish imbalance. As a Gen Z female, I am not offended by the word follower in dance. I really appreciate this very traditional aspect of ballroom dancing. Traditional dance for instance, assumes a structure of yin/yang couples, which have operated within the dance world for centuries, for the reason of balance. Each gender has a particular role and they complement each other, as implied with natural law. The man who takes the lead is strong and powerful. Men act gentlemanly with chivalry towards graceful ladies. The woman responds to the man and does whatever he leads, and her job is to be beautiful and expressive. The follower should in fact be very active in her own role; it does not mean that she is being passive or submissive. It is not sexism. It is not patriarchal or discriminative or threatening. This is called respect, dignity, and teamwork as Pierre discussed in the film and may even reduce the level of gender wars. Keep the tradition alive and stop instilling false social identities through the ransom of our souls. Preserving the beauty of our history and old values are critical. To destroy history, culture, and identity is the first emergence of a totalitarian tyrannical plutocracy. It is similar to the ancient burning of books ritual. That is why contemporary culture tends to reform identities for dance couples and alter the mind through indoctrination and propaganda. In the film, Pierre struggles against the prejudice and ignorance of the students, teachers and principal for bringing dance and he wins. Together these misfits attempt to win the championship of the ballroom. Decadence will replace the traditional yin/yang. It is the end of humanity for our failure to conform to natural law. Today, Pierre’s character would have to struggle against the prejudice among special right groups and obey their rules or else be discerned as a stereotyped biased and prejudiced individual for his failure to submit to their lifestyle. I can see why humans are being replaced with A.I. because it is the end of our species. 5/5 stars
@janmarrow1225 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 22, 2019

Movie that will make you smiling all the way to the end!

Dec 30, 2016

Based on the true story of a real guy who brought classical dance to poorer schools as a way of increasing the student's respect and esteem for themselves and others as well as improving their social etiquette skills and interactions (see "extras" on the DVD for more info).

No, the movie isn't "great", but there are enough tidbits to keep it fairly interesting - and there's one dance scene that's just beyond spectacular, I'd watch the whole thing again just to see that. Plus Banderas is pretty hot :-)

Aug 24, 2010

This wasn't a great film. I liked some of the scenes and Antonio Banderas was good. That's it. See it, I guess.

Aug 23, 2010

Fair - Take the Lead (2007) 117 min. Based on the true story of Pierre Dulain’s battle to incorporate dance in high schools as a means of transforming misguided students to a level of respect for themselves and others. Antonio Banderas plays Dulain and brings humbleness to the role that is in itself inspiring. I just wish he would’ve spoken up – very difficult to hear his lines. Though the film may be a bit long and the overall dance numbers uninspiring, the familiar themes and overall good performances by all make this an o.k. viewing experience. Look for the best part of the film where Banderas demonstrates through the tango how exciting dance actually is to the students who have absolutely no respect for ball room dancing – the finest part of the film and truly the only memorable scene.

Jul 13, 2009

Visually revolting hash posing as a dance film. Based on the true story of a dance instructor (played by the usually more discerning Antonio Banderas), who volunteers to teach ballroom dancing to the most hard-core inmates of a racially mixed inner-city high school. His experiment results in a fusion of ballroom & hip-hop that will make exponents of either style (& anyone else with an ounce of aesthetic taste) lose their lunch. The only conceivable excuse for this revolting exhibition is that it may represent the producers' failed attempt to portray the racial harmony that Banderas eventually instills among the students in visual terms. Even the early tango demonstration that Banderas (or his double) & partner give the students misses the boat completely by being crassly female-dominated. She steamrolls blindly over him. (Good tango involves neither dominance nor submission but rather partnership. One person leads & one responds; but the response should be complex & variable, like a predator tracking a wounded animal, or a cloud responding to wind, or the defensive backfield of the Toronto Argonauts.) Clearly, choreographers & dancers in a dance movie should be artists, & this film ignored that essential prerequisite entirely.


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