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. (2011, USA, 90 min, color, 35mm • Director: Bess Kargman • Cast: Aran Bell, Gaya Bommer Yemini, Michaela Deprince)
“Beneath the jetés and bleeding feet, First Position is about toughness of mind as much as visions of beauty. In one case it’s about a transformation so profound as to be unfathomable.” -Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL
Group Rates available for ballet schools and other dance organizations.
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