The cinematic version of a true story, which tells the thrill of ballroom dancing collides with the hip-hop world of self-expression, 'Take the Lead' will be screened at 6 pm on September 30, 2008.
Starring as Pierre Dulaine, Antonio Banderas plays a dance teacher who decides to teach the foxtrot and the tango to a group of inner-city high school students who've been put in detention.
One night Dulain is astonished to see a boy, Rock (Rob Brown) destroying his school director's car. The following day Dulaine goes to the school to ask for a job as a dance teacher. The director has little confidence in Dulaine's idea of helping kids (including Rock) in detention to reform through ballroom dance classes. Even the kids, who prefer hip-hop or rap, think it isn't a great idea. Despite criticism from students in his formal dance academy as well as from parents and fellow teachers who believe that the kids need more math and less dance, Dulain catches the students' attention with a tango session.
After their initial indifference, they eventually compete in a dance contest; the important thing isn't winning, but making a difference. Directed by Liz Friedlander, the film stars Rob Brown, Alfre Woodard, Dante Basco, Marcus T. Paulk, Jenna Dewan and Lauren Collins in other lead roles and it was filmed in Toronto, and at a number of local schools including the University of Toronto Schools.