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First Position -- A documentary that follows six young dancers as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix.
First Position -- A documentary that follows six young dancers as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix.

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10 August 2012 (Taiwan) See more »
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6 dancers, 5 minutes on stage, 1 chance to make it.
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A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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This is a great film. Why does it have such a low rating? See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Aran Bell ... Himself
Rebecca Houseknecht ... Herself
Joan Sebastian Zamora ... Himself
Miko Fogarty ... Herself
Jules Jarvis Fogarty ... Himself
Michaela Deprince ... Herself (as Michaela DePrince)
Gaya Bommer Yemini ... Herself
Michelle Bell ... Herself
Ryan Bell ... Himself
Elaine DePrince ... Herself
Charles DePrince ... Himself
Wendy Houseknecht ... Herself
David Houseknecht ... Himself
Satoko Fogarty ... Herself
Mat Fogarty ... Himself
Nadine Bommer ... Herself
Ziv Yemini ... Himself
Claudia Hurtado ... Herself
Guido Arturo Prieto ... Himself
Denys Ganio ... Himself
Bo Spassoff ... Himself
Stephanie Spassoff ... Herself
Viktor Kabaniaev ... Himself
Michelle Lees ... Herself
Larissa Saveliev ... Herself
Mia DePrince ... Herself
Derek Dunn ... Himself
Brian Dunn ... Himslf
Vicki Dunn ... Herself
Danielle Dunn ... Herself
Melanie Shee ... Herself
Chiu Shee ... Himself
Aleandra Bell ... Herself
Travis Halsey ... Himself
Dmitri Kulev ... Himself
Emily Entingh ... Herself
Hannah O'Neil ... Herself
Juliet Doherty ... Herself
Zhao Wan Ting ... Himself
Claudia Dean ... Herself
Miki Akuta ... Herself
Kazuko Sugihara ... Herself
Edo Wijen ... Himself
Sam Zalvidar ... Himself
Gabe Shayer ... Himself
Shelley King ... Herself
Alys Shee ... Herself
Evelyn Hart ... Herself
Victoria-Rose Viren ... Herself
John Viren ... Himself
Jenna Graves ... Herself
Svetlana Dvorkin ... Herself
Olga Kresin ... Herself
Mariaelena Ruiz ... Herself
Jeanetts Kakareka ... Herself
Brooks Miller ... Herself
Nathaniel King ... Himself
Nadal Safi ... Himself
Anastasia Torba ... Herself
Jacqueline Callahan ... Herself
Ka'imi Cambern ... Himself
Ashley Baszto ... Herself
Beckanne Sisk ... Herself
Esteban Hernandez ... Himself
Alejandro Prieto ... Himself
Flavio Salazar ... Himself
Jonathan Mendez ... Himself
Gailene Stock ... Herself
Franco de Vita ... Himself
Deborah Hess ... Herself
Elisabeth Platel ... Herself
Tadeusz Matacz ... Himself
Raymond Lukens ... Himself
Mikhail Tchoupakov ... Himself
Shelly Power ... Herself
Luca Masala ... Himself
Adam Skulte ... Himslf
Susan Jaffe ... Herself
Anna-Marie Holmes ... Herself
John Robert Gosnell ... Himself
Ron Nilson ... Himself
Kee-Juan Han ... Himself
Juan Miguel Fernandez Vera ... Himself
Arata Miyagawa ... Himself
Sergey Gordeev ... Himself
Rosaline Kassel ... Herself
Maddalena Di Giacomo ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Giuseppe Bausilio ... Himself

Directed by
Bess Kargman 
 
Produced by
Rose Caiola .... executive producer
Nick Higgins .... associate producer
Bess Kargman .... producer
Jennilyn Merten .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Chris Hajian 
 
Cinematography by
Nick Higgins (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kate Amend 
Bess Kargman 
 
Production Management
Hashem Selph .... production manager
 
Art Department
Tim D'Amico .... graphic artist
Nol Honig .... graphic artist
Hashem Selph .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
Anthony D'Erasmo .... sound mixer
Abe Dolinger .... additional sound mixer
Tom Efinger .... additional sound recording staff (as Tom Effinger)
Eric Gitelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Lauri Kelleher .... additional sound mixer
Alicia Loving .... additional sound recording staff
Brian Miklas .... additional sound mixer
Desiree Ortiz .... additional sound mixer
David J. Schwartz .... additional sound mixer
Jeff Seelye .... additional sound recording staff
Steve Smith .... dolby engineer
Eric Thomas .... sound mixer
Michael Bogden .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clement Alline .... additional camera (as Celement Alline)
Scott Beardslee .... additional camera assistant
Miochelle Bell .... additional camera
Colin Solal Cardo .... additional camera
Gary Clarke .... additional camera operator: Seattle
Christian Datum .... additional camera
Tobias Datum .... additional camera (as Tobi Datum)
Bryan Donnell .... additional camera operator
Vicente Franco .... additional camera
Michael Goldberg .... additional camera
Nick Higgins .... still photographer
Bess Kargman .... additional camera
Bess Kargman .... still photographer
Daniel J. Lyons .... additional camera (as Dan Lyons)
Mike Schmiedeler .... additional camera
Andy Schocken .... additional camera
Yaniv Schulman .... still photographer
Don Starnes .... additional camera
Margaret Teich .... still photographer
Zvonimir Vidusin .... additional camera
Andrew Watson .... additional camera
Alan Weeks .... additional camera
Joshua Z. Weinstein .... additional camera (as Joshua Weinstein)
 
Editorial Department
Yasmin Assemi .... editing assistant
Sam Daley .... colorist
Michael X. Flores .... assistant editor
Brad Fuller .... consulting editor
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate account executive: Technicolor New York
Mary Manhardt .... consulting editor
Carmelita Naval .... editing assistant
Chris Seward .... consulting editor (as Christopher Seward)
Zachary Stuart-Pontier .... consulting editor (as Zac Stuart-Pontier)
Lindsay Utz .... consulting editor
Walter Wurzburger .... digital intermediate account executive: Technicolor New York
Holly Buechel .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michelle Collins .... music researcher
Chris Hajian .... arranger: original music
Chris Hajian .... music producer: original music
Chris Hajian .... musician: piano and keyboards
Eileen O'Neill .... music clearance
Bernd Schoenhart .... musician: acoustic and electric guitars
Jessica Weiss .... music editor
Jake Monaco .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Alexiou .... transcriber
Yasmin Assemi .... transcriber
Kristine Beilke .... transcriber
Naor Ben-Yehoyada .... translator: Hebrew
Megan Billman .... production assistant and intern
Carol Boles .... transcriber
Nadine Bommer .... choreographer
Stanley Charloff .... accountant: Charlestan Financial Services
Stephan Dominique .... production assistant and intern
Servy Gallardo .... choreographer
Meredith Gunning .... production assistant and intern
Kathleen Ham .... transcriber
Lauren Heirigs .... production assistant and intern
Viktor Kabaniaev .... choreographer
Tara Kyle .... production assistant and intern
Kelly Leisman .... production assistant and intern
Bonnie B. Liu .... transcriber
Zarrin Maani .... translator: Chinese
Sharon Marcus .... translator: Hebrew
John Matarese .... accountant: Ercolini & Company
Laura Mazzeo .... transcriber
Mary Molina .... translator: Spanish
Leilani Montes .... production assistant and intern
Erinn O'Dear .... transcriber
Midori Okada .... translator: Japanese
Matt Orlando .... translator: French
Marius Petipa .... choreographer
Roland Petit .... choreographer
Kate Ransome Wilcox .... transcriber (as Kate Wilcox)
Azriel Relph .... transcriber
Marc H. Simon .... legal services: Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard (as Marc Simon)
Michelle Smith .... choreographer
Walter Smith-Randolph .... transcriber
Erin Tolman .... transcriber
Michael Tucci .... accountant: Ercolini & Company
Peter Wood .... translator: French
 
Thanks
Charles Braverman .... thanks (as Chuck Braverman)
Henry Joost .... thanks
Sophie Kargman .... special thanks
Amanda Micheli .... thanks
Danielle Renfrew .... thanks
Alex Reznik .... thanks
 

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
This is a great film. Why does it have such a low rating?, 2 July 2012
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

First Position (2011), directed by Bess Kargman, is an excellent film about young ballet dancers. For reasons I can't understand, as I write this review, the movie carries an IMDb rating of a dismal 6.2. How can that be? Did the viewers who rated it "1" see the same film I saw?

The movie follows seven young ballet dancers as they prepare for, and then compete in, the prestigious Grand Prix competition. As pointed out in the movie, many physical activities in which people participate involve natural movements for which the human body is well suited.

Catching a baseball, swimming, or climbing a rope are not easy, but our species has the natural physical capabilities to do these things. Ballet dancing, especially en pointe ballet dancing, is not a natural activity for us. We simply are not constructed to (literally) walk on the tips of our toes. The feet have to be trained and remodeled to allow this activity to take place. And, of course, not only do ballet dancers dance on their toes, but when they are doing this they are supposed to make their movements elegant, graceful, and apparently effortless.

Although male ballet dancers don't dance en pointe, their movements are also extraordinarily difficult. One young male dancer shows us his "foot stretcher," and tells us, "It hurts a lot."

So, serious ballet dancing requires physical traits that are extraordinary, dedication so that ballet becomes central to your life, and the capability to absorb physical pain that would be "cruel and unusual punishment" if it weren't voluntary.

Director Kargman has put together a documentary that takes us inside the lives of these young dancers. We meet their coaches, their families, and their judges. Also, of course, we go to the Grand Prix with the dancers, and we learn whether they succeed or fail.

I thought the movie was honest, creative, and balanced. These young people are not "regular kids who happen to take ballet." They are dedicated, passionate, and fanatically determined to succeed. First Position brings us into the world of ballet training, and allows us to make our own decisions about the wisdom of encouraging your child to dance and compete at this level. It's a great film. Why does it have such a low rating?

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