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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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

First Position - Ballett ist ihr Leben See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,024, 6 May 2012

Gross USA:

$1,014,071

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,730,824
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First Position Films See more »
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Mastered in Logic and Avid)

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Color
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lovely documentary
31 July 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Producer/Director Beth Kargman has put together a wonderful documentary that follows six young ballet dancers to the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most important of all ballet competitions worldwide.

The prizes at the competition include awards of recognition, scholarships, and work with major dance companies. The dancers are in several age ranges and ethnicities and include 11-year-old Aaron Bell, Joan Sebastian Zamora, a dancer from Colombia, Michaela Deprince,a black dancer, Jules and Miko Fogarty, of mixed ethnicity, pretty Israeli Gaya Bommer, and all-American girl Rebecca Houseknecht.

Michaela and her sister were adopted from Sierra Leone, where there was nothing but death and poverty. Michaela has been told that blacks make unsuitable ballet dancers -- bad feet, too muscular, wrong build etc. For the competition, her teacher has her dance against type, doing a feminine, delicate dance.

Zamora lives in New York, far away from his family, but his father tells him there is nothing for him in Colombia and he has to go after his dream. Rebecca is a cheerleader and normal kid whose passion is dance, and Aaron doesn't tell other kids he's a dancer. All of them have great talent, as we can see from their dance routines at the Grand Prix. Zamora has stardom written all over him. Jules has decided he really doesn't like ballet, which hurts his mother, but she accepts it.

A very inspiring documentary about youngsters from different backgrounds and social status with the dream of dancing in the ballet, and the sacrifices they have made to achieve their goal. The dancing is heavenly; I only wish there had been more of it.

Good luck to all these kids. I'm sure we'll be hearing about most of them as time goes on.


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