First Position

This touching documentary follows six gifted ballet students from disparate social, regional, economic and ethnic backgrounds as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, a prestigious competition at which the world’s top dance companies and schools prospect for new talent.¬†Some of the delightful youngsters featured include Michaela DePrince,an orphan from Sierra Leone nurtured by her American mom; Aran Bell, a boy dance wonder from a US military family; and Joan Sebastian Zamora, a Columbian youth with aspirations for a career with a classical company. Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Film at the San Francisco Documentary Festival and the audience award at DOC NYC, this is arguably the best film on the subject of ballet competitions. Sundance Selects will release the film in the spring.
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