FEATURE: First Position – Ballet documentary
First Position is a documentary which follows in the inspirational footsteps of six talented ballet dancers (ages nine to nineteen) as they struggle to maintain form in the face of injury and personal sacrifice on their way to one of the most prestigious youth ballet competitions in the world.
With unprecedented access to the Youth America Grand Prix, the largest competition that awards full scholarships to top ballet schools, First Position takes audiences on a year-long journey around the world.
At a time when art, music and dance for children are severely under-funded, the film reveals the struggles and success, the pain and extraordinary beauty of an art form so many children across the globe are determined to dedicate their lives to despite the odds.
First Position recently had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was named the audience choice’s first runner up for Best Documentary. It also won the Jury Prize at the San Francisco Documentary Festival.
The featured dancers are;
Jules Jarvis Fogarty age 10, Aran Bell age 11, Gaya Bommer Yemini age 11, Miko Fogarty age 12, Michaela DePrince age 14, Joan Sebastian Zamora,age 16 and Rebecca Houseknecht age 17.
It’s released this month.