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First Position (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 August 2012 (Taiwan)
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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.

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Bess Kargman
5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aran Bell ... Himself
Rebecca Houseknecht ... Herself
Joan Sebastian Zamora ... Himself
Miko Fogarty Miko Fogarty ... Herself
Jules Jarvis Fogarty Jules Jarvis Fogarty ... Himself
Michaela DePrince Michaela DePrince ... Herself
Gaya Bommer Yemini Gaya Bommer Yemini ... Herself
Michelle Bell Michelle Bell ... Herself
Ryan Bell Ryan Bell ... Himself
Elaine DePrince Elaine DePrince ... Herself
Charles DePrince Charles DePrince ... Himself
Wendy Houseknecht Wendy Houseknecht ... Herself
David Houseknecht David Houseknecht ... Himself
Satoko Fogarty ... Herself
Mat Fogarty Mat Fogarty ... Himself
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First Position follows six talented young dancers (ages 9-19) from five continents as they prepare for a worldwide ballet competition that could transform their lives overnight. Written by Production Team

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6 dancers, 5 minutes on stage, 1 chance to make it.

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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

First Position - Ballett ist ihr Leben See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,024, 6 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,100,000, 15 September 2012
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First Position Films See more »
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Mastered in Logic and Avid)

Color:

Color
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Mesmerizing and Fascinating Documentary
10 November 2012 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Produced and directed by Bess Kargman, this is a fascinating and riveting documentary.

Each year, the world's largest ballet competition is held, for young dancers ages 9-19, called the Youth America Grand Prix. In 15 cities around the world five thousand young dancers compete in the semi-finals for 300 slots in the finals in New York City.

They will get five minutes on stage, judged by directors and top personnel from some of the world's most prodigious ballet companies, to try and win scholarships or job contracts for their future careers.

As many of these documentaries are presented, seven hopefuls, with very diverse backgrounds, are followed in their preparations, training and personal lives. I found all of the competitors to be extremely interesting and it was hard to pick a favorite.

You couldn't ask more from a documentary with vivid portrayals of the young dancers and their families, as well as the suspense of the competition itself.


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