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By subscribing I accept the terms of use. Politics Diaspora Opinion. Jerusalem Post. Facing the music Ballroom dancing, with its emphasis on formality and decorum, might seem to be a supremely un-Israeli art form. But Pierre Dulaine, an acclaimed ballroom dancer and teacher based in the US, who was born in Jaffa, managed to teach a group of Israeli children to dance beautifully together. And, perhaps even more surprising, these children were both Arab and Jewish Israelis.

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After decades abroad, renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to his hometown of Jaffa, Israel, nostalgic for the Release date, 12 August

Watch the trailer. The film follows, Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer as he returns to his birthplace, Jaffa, to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli children to dance together. The film explores the stories of four children forced to confront issues of identity, segregation and racism, as they dance with their enemies.

Written by Anonymous. Hilla Medalia is an award-winning year-old Israeli documentary filmmaker whose To Die in Jerusalem brought together in dialogue by satellite the mothers of two teenage girls paired on a ‘Newsweek’ cover, a Palestinian suicide bomber and an Israeli girl killed by her bomb. Her new film is about a less grim effort by famous ballroom teacher Pierre Dulaine to bring Jewissh and Palestinian kids together on the dance floor, and we see some little friendships and personalities bloom in his modest “peace process.

The intense joint Israeli- Arab feature film ‘Ajami’ focused on a rough part of Jaffa. In the film he never mentions that his mother was also half French, which explains “Pierre. He comes to introduce to Palestinian-Israeli, Jewish-Israeli, and mixed schools in Jaffa his Dancing Classrooms, a social development program for fifth- graders that uses ballroom dancing “as a vehicle to change the lives of the children and their families” Wikipedia.

This time the primary “change” is the somewhat radical one of pairing Jewish and Arab girls and boys as dance partners. In teaching gawky eleven-year-olds to dance, the pixieish Dulaine emphasizes etiquette, dignity, and respect from the get-go. He has to give up on one school because they boys won’t dance.

The more extreme Muslim males won’t touch girls, or at first refuse. Things don’t go that well at first, and for a while Pierre brings over from the States his dancing, not life partner of 35 years, Yvonne Marceau.

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British Broadcasting Corporation Home. The inspiration for the Hollywood film Take the Lead, says “Dance can really break down barriers. Pierre Dulaine: I took up dance when I was 14 years-old. I was very shy and timid, and had no confidence at all. I took up dancing and I liked it. Something stirred inside of me.

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Antonio Banderas, who plays Dulaine in the film, says he found this selflessness refreshing. He opened up about why, even after having done family films in the past, this movie is especially important to him. Especially for them, because they are not kids in public school. I have to recognize that,” Banderas says, referring to his 9-year-old daughter and year-old stepdaughter.

He and Griffith, he says, traveled a lot with them while filming “Evita” in The director of the film, Liz Friedlander, echoed Banderas’s sentiments, saying she shares his feelings about the sizable difference one man can make. She says, however, that at first she found puzzling the simplicity of Dulaine’s actions and absence of any ulterior motive on his part. And you just see the ripple effect.

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The film was released on April 7, Although based in New York City , it was filmed in Toronto. Stock footage of various locations in New York City was used. A group of students are preparing for a school dance. Rock arrives with a damaged ticket and is denied entry by Mr. Temple and Principal James.

In New York, the polite dance instructor Pierre Dulaine sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of the director of a public school and on the next day he.

It’s Dangerous Minds with dancing. That’s the sinking feeling I got while watching Take the Lead , one of the year’s most uninspired inspirational stories. Culled from the real-life experiences of Pierre Dulaine Banderas , Take the Lead warps and sanitizes these facts until they adhere rigorously to the rules of the genre. There are no surprises. Everything, from the truncated arc of the least important subplot to the main storyline, follows the expected trajectory.

This isn’t so much a motion picture as it is a lesson in how to force-feed every aspect of cinema into a formula.

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He knows the fox trot, swing, and salsa. Kristofer is 10 years old. Heavy-set with cheeks begging to be pinched, he started dancing last year when Dancing Classrooms, a program founded by dancers Pierre Dulaine and Yvon Marceau, came to his elementary school. Ballroom is just really fun.

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Mad Hot Ballroom Ballroom dance instructor Pierre Dulaine helps kids from all backgrounds in New York City and around the world gain confidence and other life skills through ballroom dancing. Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Pierre Dulaine born is a well-known ballroom dancer and dance instructor. He invented the Dulaine method of teaching dance.

He also developed Dancing Classrooms, a social development program for 5th grade children that uses ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of the children and their families Notably, his early works with children was fictionalised in the film Take the Lead, starring Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine. Pierre Dulaine Bio, Photos and Updates. An extremely fictionalized, sexed-up take on Pierre Dulaine’s bringing ballroom dance to NYC schools. Still the dancing is great!

Take The Lead & Pierre Dulaine

Take last year’s terrific documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom,” hoist the kids into high school, add some Hollywood formula and you’ve got “Take the Lead,” a predictable and yet thoroughly enjoyable drama about the redemptive power of dance for a group of inner-city teenagers. Yes, that’s the program depicted in “Mad Hot Ballroom. The idea of dance as a vehicle for self-respect, responsibility, teamwork and dignity isn’t exactly as sexy as a tango, but it’s appealing.

If it doesn’t entirely convince us on other details — How did these kids get so good so fast? How did their anger and indifference dissolve so quickly? Antonio Banderas, suave as ever, plays Dulaine as an old-school charmer with a sense of humor bubbling quietly behind his perfect manners.

It was founded by Pierre Dulaine in as a not-for-profit project of To date, Dancing Classrooms has instructed over , children in.

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