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First Position

  • Director: Bess Kargman
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 90 min

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary, FIRST POSITION, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow. (Sundance Selects)

"Among recent documentaries, First Position soars to the head of the class. "
- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post Dispatch
"These performers are so young, so serious, so full of dreams and so hard on themselves that it is difficult not to be moved by their striving."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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