First Position (2011)

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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.




  • Rebecca Houseknecht in First Position
  • First Position (2011)
  • Jules Jarvis Fogarty and Satoko Fogarty in First Position (2011)
  • Joan Sebastian Zamora in First Position
  • Gaya Bommer Yemini and Aran Bell in First Position (2011)
  • First Position (2011)

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28 June 2013 | TinyDanseur27
| I felt very informed and inspired after watching First Position!
First Position was a brilliant documentary in my opinion! It gives the audience an intimate look at the lives of seven dancers ages 9-17 who are preparing for the Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition. They each are hoping to receive a scholarship to study at a world-renown ballet institution, or a job offer so that they can achieve their dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. The documentary addresses the lifestyles of these children, their performances at the Grand Prix semi-finals, and eventually the finals in New York City.

I felt like this gave a really interesting and accurate depiction of the lives of these young dancers. The kids they picked to interview were very diverse and likable. I found myself routing for all of them. Also important, the documentary addressed how this career path has affected the lives of the parents of the children. The parents vary from loving and supportive to completely overbearing. I enjoyed the variety of approaches to the same goal.

I really would recommend this documentary. The subject is really interesting. The way it is filmed and edited is ideal (not too fast, not too slow) and the dancing is absolutely breath-taking. I felt very informed and very inspired after watching First Position.

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Release Date:

10 August 2012



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Opening Weekend USA:

$48,024 6 May 2012

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