First Position

"It's 'Spartacus' en pointe."
- James Verniere, Boston Herald
"It's an intense journey, and Kargman captures it all, down to the dancers' bloodied and bruised feet."
- Amy Hitt, Washington Post
"Yes, it is possible to create a gripping documentary about the ballet world without resorting to "Black Swan" melodramatics."
- Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman's award-winning documentary, FIRST POSITION, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 90 min.
Year: 2011

CREDITS

CAST
Aran Bell ()
Gaya Bommer Yemini ()
Michaela Deprince ()
DIRECTED BY
Bess Kargman

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PHOTOS

Miko. Photo by Yaniv Schulman. First Position Films LLC
Michaela. Photo by Yaniv Schulman. First Position Films LLC
Joan. Photo by Bess Kargman. First Position Films LLC
Aran.Photo by Bess Kargman. First Position Films LLC
Left to Right: Gaya and Aran. Photo by Bess Kargman. First Position Films LLC
Rebecca. Photo by Bess Kargman. First Position Films LLC
Ting. Photo by Bess Kargman. First Position Films LLC
Joan. Photo by Bess Kargman. First Position Films LLC
Director Bess Kargman at TIFF 2011. First Position Films LLC
First Position Films LLC
Director Bess Kargman and Michaela. Photo by Margaret Teich.