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First Position

Directed by Bess Kargman

2011, USA, 90 mins.

There are few joys in the world like watching someone who is extremely talented do what they love. This is the best thing First Position has to recommend it. The film follows a handful of ballet dancers, ages eleven through seventeen, as they train to compete in one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world: the Youth America Grand Prix in New York.

I realise that ‘talented’ is an adjective frequently and carelessly thrown about—especially when it concerns children. Here are some others: world-class, incredible, and brilliant. Overused though they are, when applied to the youths featured in First Position, these words are apt.

It Takes a Village to Train a Dancer

Beautifully shot and evenly paced, First Position showcases seven young ballet dancers and how their lives are devoted to ballet. Director Bess Kargman avoids an appearance (though uses title cards, »

- Dave Robson

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