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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 overview, first billed only:
Aran Bell ... Self
Rebecca Houseknecht ... Self
Joan Sebastian Zamora ... Self
Miko Fogarty Miko Fogarty ... Self
Jules Jarvis Fogarty Jules Jarvis Fogarty ... Self
Michaela DePrince Michaela DePrince ... Self
Gaya Bommer Yemini Gaya Bommer Yemini ... Self
Michelle Bell Michelle Bell ... Self
Ryan Bell Ryan Bell ... Self
Elaine DePrince Elaine DePrince ... Self
Charles DePrince Charles DePrince ... Self
Wendy Houseknecht Wendy Houseknecht ... Self
David Houseknecht David Houseknecht ... Self
Satoko Fogarty ... Self
Mat Fogarty Mat Fogarty ... Self
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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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Ballet High
23 September 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Remember the excellent movie "The Competition" starring Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving, about young pianists who compete for glory and careers? First Position likewise gives a backstage view of a prestigious competition, complete with background about their families and their lifestyles. Except First Position is a documentary, not fiction.

What a joy to follow these talented kids as they dedicate their lives to their art and their dreams. I found all of them to be likable. Some negative comments have been made about some of the parents, but they all were willing to provide whatever their children needed to pursue their dreams. One child did, eventually, drop out of dance, but it seemed his parents supported his decision.

Have you ever felt proud of someone even though you had no connection with them? Well I felt that way numerous times during this film. I am not a relative nor a teacher nor a parent. But I found myself swelling with pride for those special children who have dared to pursue a dream with such singlemindedness, yet seem to be happy and humorous. Or the child who continues to dance despite taunting from other children.

This documentary is recommended for anyone who loves dance or enjoys stories about the human will to achieve.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$48,024, 6 May 2012

Gross USA:

$1,014,071

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,730,824
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Mastered in Logic and Avid)

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Color
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