To Dance Like a Man

DVD Release: February 4, 2014
To Dance Like a Man


Triplets Angel, César and Marcos, age 11, all want the same role in a major ballet production at Havana’s celebrated Grand Theatre. Who will be chosen? Their teachers at Cuba’s world-renowned National Ballet School say all three have the same emerging talent and there is every chance they will develop as great dancers. Hardly anyone can tell them apart. Thousands of hopefuls apply for a coveted spot at the National Ballet School. Filmmaker Sylvie Collier was granted extraordinary, unlimited access to the school and a backstage pass at the Grand Theatre, allowing her to film the boys as they train in the robust and expressive style that distinguishes Cuban ballet.

Collier’s film provides a child’s view on determination and the hunger for professional success in the context of Cuba’s surprising impact on the formation of male dancers. In the film, ballet superstar José Carreño tells the triplets to pursue their dream, just as he did as a boy growing up in Havana. Excitement builds as the triplets prepare for their chance to debut on stage at the Grand Theatre.

Dove Review

A documentary focusing on the National Ballet School of Cuba. The film focuses on a set of 11-year-old identical Cuban triplets: Angel, Cesar and Marcos. These adorable and engaging boys have committed themselves to pursuing a career in ballet and have the privilege and honor of being accepted into the world-renowned school for aspiring and talented dancers.

The ballet is highly regarded in Cuba, and the people take great pride in the school and the accomplishments of the children who undergo its rigorous program. Cuban dancers are recognized around the world as some of the most elite performers. Only the most promising dancers are admitted into the school.

The Cuban culture is unique in many ways, and as we follow these young boys we experience the tireless dedication of their families to their desire to be dancers. Viewers are given a unique opportunity to observe the passion and fervor of those who dream to perform for the world’s most prestigious audiences.

Produced in Spanish with English subtitles, this film is a joy to watch as viewers find themselves rooting for these boys as they reach for their dreams. We are pleased to approve it for viewers of all ages.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Cinedigm
Director: Sylvie Collier
Producer: Sylvie Collier
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 28 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Angel, Cesar and Marcos Castellano, Jose Carreno
Reviewer: Nancy Bouwens