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First Position wants you to understand that ballet is no joke. As much as you might think the silly shoes and fluffy dress are signs that the environment is relaxed and easy, it’s not. There is beauty and grace, but behind that is repetition that leaves the body beaten and bruised. And it’s not repetition for a few weeks that culminates in a grand competition. It is the honing of the body every day, for hours on end, for months and even years. Now imagine that for adolescents, set in the modern world where prestigious international competitions like the Youth America Grand Prix can decide the future of these wunderkind. Full scholarships to the most vaunted ballet schools around the world are given out, and it is one step closer to launching a career in something that takes a level of dedication that would seem obsessive if it »

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