For the young dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, lifelong dreams are at stake. With hundreds competing for 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.
- Director: Bess Kargman
- Country: Israel | Japan | France | Colombia | Italy | Canada | UK | USA
- Genre: Documentary | Comedy | Drama
- Year: 2012
- Run Time: 01:34:36
- imdb Score: 6.2/10 (236 votes)
- Language: English
- Rating: Not Rated
Kenneth Turan - LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Never putting a foot wrong, tyro helmer Bess Kargman's touching, enormously satisfying docu First Position follows six gifted ballet students from disparate social, regional, economic and ethnic backgrounds as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix."
Alissa Simon - VARIETY
"At least half of these young dynamos and their families, all vying for coveted scholarships and spots in ballet companies, could brighten the most forlorn perspective on the state of the American dream."
Mary F. Pols - TIME MAGAZINE
Portland Int'l Film Festival 2012
Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2011
People's Choice Award (2nd Place)
San Francisco Docfest 2011
Miami Film Festival 2012