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Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00pm Miami Theater Center
Monday, January 22 at 2:30pm Coral Gables Art Cinema

USA | 80 minutes | 2023

Call Me Dancer

Southeast US Premiere

A magical journey from the streets of Mumbai to the stages of New York, Call Me Dancer is the story of perseverance, rebellion, passion, family, culture, and an unlikely friendship between a street dancer and an Israeli dance master. Manish is a young and talented street dancer who dreams of becoming a professional dancer against the wishes of his struggling parents, who insist that he follow a traditional path. When he accidentally walks into an inner-city dance school and encounters curmudgeonly 70-year-old Israeli ballet master Yehuda Maor, a hunger develops within him to keep going. Ambitious and passionate, Manish is determined to make it as a professional dancer, pushing himself to his physical limits if he has any chance to succeed. Though the odds are stacked against him, his perseverance through highs and lows reveals the power of dance to transform lives. Call Me Dancer is a Billy Elliott style story that will make you want to jump up from your seat and, yes, dance!

Director's Bio

Directed by Leslie Shampaine & Pip Gilmour

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Leslie Shampaine has been telling stories her whole life – first on stage as a professional ballet dancer over a 13-year career in the USA, Europe, and Israel. She then transitioned to screen where she produced award-winning programs for PBS, Discovery Channel, A&E, CBS and Al Jazeera. Pip Gilmour is a director, producer, and writer whose work has garnered awards from festivals and networks including New York Film Festival, Southern Shorts Film Festival, Codie Award, and Peer Award.

Cast and Credits


Leslie Shampaine & Pip Gilmour


Jennifer Beman, Pip Gilmour, Leslie Shampaine


Neil Barrett, Abhijit Datta


Jennifer Beman


Manish Chauhan, Yehuda Maor

Film Info






80 minutes


English and Hindi with English subtitles
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