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Lambada (1990)
Joel Silbert (Director and Writer) / Sheldon Renan (Screenplay)
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A blend of "Stand and Deliver" with "Dirty Dancing" with a high school math teacher who spends his evenings doing lambada dance moves in night clubs. He appears to be a very dedicated teacher, and in the film the students are won over by his dancing talents, but I'm not sure I would recommend this approach to many math teachers out there. There is lots of discussion of trigonometry in the classroom and a dramatic demonstration of the value of ``rectangular coordinates'' at a pool table.

For some quotes and more specific descriptions of the math that appears, check out QEDCat (by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross).

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MotifCool/Heroic Mathematicians, Music, Romance, Math Education,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumFilms,

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