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First Position

"Forget ‘Black Swan’- this is the real deal. Think ‘Hoop Dreams’ in toe shoes." Arnold Jones, Dallas Voice

Overview

Genre
Arts
Synopsis

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.

Stage
finished
Running time
90 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Kargman productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
2
Locations
new york san francisco philadelphia Italy naples sicily rome colombia toronto

Distribution Details

Release year
2012
Festivals
TIFF 2011 audience award runner up
Awards
WINNER - AUDIENCE AWARD DOC NYC 2011, WINNER - JURY PRIZE SF INDIEFEST 2011
Distribution
IFC Sundance Selects
Language
english spanish hebrew
Subtitles
english

Photos

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