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The director of First Position offers a close- up and intimate portrait of a group of young dancers preparing to compete in an elite (and potentially life changing) competition and wisely steps back and lets the dancers, their instructors, and parents reveal the details of their lives.
It is amazing that some have even had the opportunity to dance. Michaela was adopted from Sierra Leone, miraculously beating the odds to come to America. Joan Sebastian only sees his parents a few times a year because he has to live in New York instead of Columbia to pursue his dreams. One girl is home schooled so there is more time for dance class, a life which seems very isolated but she is so passionate about ballet that she doesn't appear to mind.
Until watching this film, I had no idea that ballet could cause so many injuries. Pain is taken for granted. I winced when I saw the blackened toenails, cuts and bruises which were revealed as the ballet shoes were removed.
It was a brilliant decision to reveal the daily lives of these dancers and to ramp up the suspense and reveal unexpected challenges as the competition drew near. By that time, we were rooting for each dancer and holding our breath as they performed in the finals.
1 hour 35 minutes you will hold your breath watching those kids, however they are kids in life, on stage they are adults!!! With strength and passion and love!
I think the personal aspect of it is really what makes this a great film, even if you have no interest in dancing, it is easy to relate to people who have a dream and will do whatever it takes to make it a reality. I have a lot of respect for the dancers and all of their hard work. Their injuries rival those of professional sports players, but the joy they have and share for ballet really shines through.
PS If you liked Breaking Pointe on the CW you will definitely enjoy First Position.
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Do you have what it takes to live your dreams? As you watch FIRST POSITION you will see Miko Fogarty (part Japanese), Gaya Yemini (Israeli), Michaela DePrince (Sierra Leone) and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ballet dancing is at its finest in this inspirational movie. Your young girls will be amazed at the skill level of these young dancers who compete in the YAGP.Published 2 months ago by Shuree C.
All ballet dancers would love this so inspiring! I enjoyed it and my mother watched it twice, very well done.Published 2 months ago by Melissa Torrealday
This is a great documentary that follows 6 young dancers who are preparing for an international ballet competition. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ErinH
Read the book and then ordered the video about the Black ballerina featuredPublished 4 months ago by Alice Portlock-Payne