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First Position (2011)

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.

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  • Genre: Documentary |
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 825.53M
  • Resolution: 720x400 / 23.976 (23976/1000) FPSfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 90
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 
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The Synopsis for First Position (2011) 720p

First Position follows six talented young dancers (ages 9-19) from five continents as they prepare for a worldwide ballet competition that could transform their lives overnight.

The Director and Players for First Position (2011) 720p

[Director]Bess Kargman
[Role:]Joan Sebastian Zamora
[Role:]Rebecca Houseknecht
[Role:]Aran Bell

The Reviews for First Position (2011) 720p

Reviewed byjdesandoVote: /10

First Position takes a front row in my line up of competitiondocumentaries. It's exceptional because it doesn't overdo its reverencefor ballet, nor does it play on a natural sympathy for youngcompetitors from 9 through 19 years old. It would be easy to fawn overyoungsters who have only two and a half minutes to persuade judges thatthey are the best among hundreds of ambitious artists.

It keeps the tension of the race to the finals of the Youth AmericaGrand Prix while it invests just the right amount of time with sixselected dancers, some of whom fortuitously go to the finals and win,if not the gold , then full scholarships to dance academies, not a badsubstitute at all.

The camera follows, as is tradition, the endless practices with thedemanding coaches, but this time both principals and teachers seem toenjoy the process as much as the awards. There's respectful, low keycamaraderie among all the competitors, coaches, and parents that isunusual for these contests and documentaries about them.

The range of contestants is the believable, not hyped part I liked somuch. While cheerful ten year old Jules Fogarty clearly isn't intodance or the competition, sixteen-year old Joan Sebastian Zamora willearn a top spot at the Grand Prix finals in New York because he caresjust enough. Such is the way ambition should work out in the best ofall possible worlds.

Best of all the dancers, for me, is 11 year old Aran Bell, whoseambition is matched by his awesome talent with a litheness only adancer years older could have. Michaela, originally from Sierra Leone,is the most surprising talent, given the horrors she has seen and thephysical challenges she must overcome.

Director Bess Kargman, following six contestants for over a year, doessimple magic with director of photography Nick Higgins, sometimesforsaking the competition footage for the more intimately personal,with arguably limited results when the winners are announced as we wantto agree with the decisions. More time on stage might have enlisted ourcooperation.

A case could be made for the superiority of the ballroom dance Mad HotBallroom, poetry team Louder Than a Bomb, horse racing's First Saturdayin May, or spelling bee Spellbound because they concentrate on theintensity of the actual competition and open up criticism of thecontest itself. No such negativity appears here, a weakness for thosewho would like the reality of disappointment and hurt to extend beyondMichaela's sore foot.

But for me, it's nice to be relaxed as we hope these young competitorsstill are.

Reviewed byblanche-2Vote: 8/10/10

Producer/Director Beth Kargman has put together a wonderful documentarythat follows six young ballet dancers to the Youth America Grand Prix,one of the most important of all ballet competitions worldwide.

The prizes at the competition include awards of recognition,scholarships, and work with major dance companies. The dancers are inseveral age ranges and ethnicities and include 11-year-old Aaron Bell,Joan Sebastian Zamora, a dancer from Colombia, Michaela Deprince,ablack dancer, Jules and Miko Fogarty, of mixed ethnicity, prettyIsraeli Gaya Bommer, and all-American girl Rebecca Houseknecht.

Michaela and her sister were adopted from Sierra Leone, where there wasnothing but death and poverty. Michaela has been told that blacks makeunsuitable ballet dancers -- bad feet, too muscular, wrong build etc.For the competition, her teacher has her dance against type, doing afeminine, delicate dance.

Zamora lives in New York, far away from his family, but his fathertells him there is nothing for him in Colombia and he has to go afterhis dream. Rebecca is a cheerleader and normal kid whose passion isdance, and Aaron doesn't tell other kids he's a dancer. All of themhave great talent, as we can see from their dance routines at the GrandPrix. Zamora has stardom written all over him. Jules has decided hereally doesn't like ballet, which hurts his mother, but she accepts it.

A very inspiring documentary about youngsters from differentbackgrounds and social status with the dream of dancing in the ballet,and the sacrifices they have made to achieve their goal. The dancing isheavenly; I only wish there had been more of it.

Good luck to all these kids. I'm sure we'll be hearing about most ofthem as time goes on.

Reviewed byKicinoVote: 8/10/10

A nicely crafted documentary about six youngsters working extremelyhard for the highly competitive Young American Grand Prix (YAGP) forballet dancers aged 9-19. These focused kids are among 300 finalistschosen from 1,500 contestants from all over the world. Winners of thegrand prix will receive prizes, elite dance company contracts orscholarships at top ballet schools. The film traces their hardworkingdaily training routine, setbacks and their hopes. We also catch aglimpse of their family life while these aspiring young men and womentalk about their dreams and passion.

It is an excellent production which captures the drive and aspirationsof these young people from various background – and the care of theirparents, whether they are mixed couple, foster parents, in the militaryor ordinary Americans. What we see is not only the kid's passion, butalso how their parents bend backwards and revolve their lives aroundtheir children's talents and interest.

It goes so far that a company has to move and school has to give way tohome schooling so that the kids can have more time to dance. So a two-hour each way commune is nothing. Equally admirable and impressive isthe trust, confidence and pride of the parents, not to mention theirinvaluable support. Some of these parents are dancers or musicians butwhatever their experience is, they have enormous trust/belief in theirkids and wholeheartedly support their children.

However, there is a fine line between them and the helicopter ormonster parents who impose on their kids in the name of "for the sakeof their own good." I have heard that some kids in Hong Kong are forcedto learn the piano since they were young and incidents are: once thekids pass all the grade exams they never touch the piano again.

But what we see in the movie is that all the six characters havedeveloped a genuine love and interest for ballet from within. Despitetheir young age and development stage, in order to strive forexcellence in ballet, they are willing to give up a big part of theirpersonal life including separating from the family, going out withfriends, eating anything they want, suffer and endure various injuriesetc. Their parents are just behind them.

The coaches are interesting characters too – or the director just chosethe more lively coaches and to film. We can see that these coaches arealso human – they can be strict and mean but they are well-liked andrespected - whether they are French or Colombian or Russian orAmerican.

The editing and directing is excellent with witty and funny dialoguesor facial expressions (and they are all real!) intersperse betweenintense and competitive scenes. It slowly set the stage for the nervebreaking YAGP and by then we are almost part of the family of theyoungsters and really hope their efforts pay off.

Like their parents and coaches, I also held my breath as the kidsperformed in their 5 minute appearance on stage for the Grand Prix.Competition is tough, but we can see the kid's determination, maturityand intense focus. The endurance and passion is so strong that it wouldovershadow the physical pain! Success does not come from luck. We alsosee support, respect and recognition of their potentials pay a veryimportant role in shaping these youngsters' lives.

We witness that when you are doing something you love, even the painwill be gone and you will go on. This resilience combined with theirtalent speak loud and clear why they are ahead of other dancers despitetheir huge prices to pay.

An excellent documentary for parents, students, teachers, coaches andanyone interested in ballet/music/sports and nurturing our nextgeneration. Highly recommended.

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