By EW Staff
Updated February 10, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST
Take the Lead: Kerry Hayes

Antonio Banderas hoofs it as Pierre Dulaine, the real-life ballroom-dance instructor who shows inner-city New York kids some fancy steps. ”It’s a traditional story — a guy walks into a school and makes a big difference,” says first-time feature director Liz Friedlander. Except that it also happens to showcase a sizzling dance craze. ”When we started developing this, people were like, ‘Ballroom dancing? Really?”’ she says. ”Now, hopefully, their appetites have been whet a bit…. If you saw Mad Hot Ballroom and loved the realness of it, and you’ve seen Dancing With the Stars and loved the spectacle, I think we’ve created a good hybrid.” (April 7)