A popular and critical success at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the touching documentary First Position is of interest not only to ballet fans but to anyone who has ever faced tremendous odds to make a dream come true. This is a film of charm and fire about six enormously talented ballet students (seven, actually, but one drops out) on their way to the Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest ballet competition that awards full scholarships and job contracts to aspiring dancers ages 9 to 19. More than 5,000 hopefuls enter the semifinals held in 15 cities around the globe. Only 300 of them make it to the finals in New York, where judges from 30 major dance companies reward or reject them, one by one, changing their lives forever. Read More
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