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First Position

Aran Bell , Gaya Bommer Yemini , Bess Kargman    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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First Position follows the professional ambitions and personal lives of seven young dancers as they prepare to compete in the world renowned Youth Grand Prix ballet competition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Position Oct. 16 2012
By Marilyn
I viewed this movie at Sudbury Cinefest. If you are a dancer, a dance mom, a dance teacher, or just plain interested in dance, you have to see this. The young dancers that are followed are truly inspirational, as are the parents who support them (even the pushy one who doesn't recognize that her son does not have the talent required to make it as a dancer). The dance teachers are real "characters" - I especially enjoyed the facial expressions and comments of the teacher of the young boy with the pushy mom. There isn't a person I know who saw this at Cinefest who didn't think it was amazing. I'm hoping for a sequel at some point so we can see where these young people ended up - no doubt they will continue to inspire, whether in the dance field or in whatever they choose to do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of Dancing June 10 2013
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This is a very realistic look at the competitive side of dancing. It's beautifully done and I enjoyed the fact that things didn't always work out perfectly for everyone ... as in real life. More of an inspiring documentary than a movie, this is perfect for those who aspire to the profession of dance. It really outlines what you're in for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great film Nov. 29 2012
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I loved this movie... well done!!! Good actors!!!
Great technique from all dancers. I really enjoyed this movie and all who were in it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good dance movie Nov. 26 2012
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Good viewing for parents and older dancers. It is a realistic look at wwhat goes into making a professional dancer and how poor are the chances of making it!
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, suspenseful ballet documentary June 9 2012
By K. Corn - Published on Amazon.com
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No one in our family has been especially drawn to ballet and yet we were totally immersed in this compelling documentary. First Position is one of those rare films which dancers probably won't want to miss and non- dancers could find surprisingly enjoyable. I'm surprised it hasn't received national attention and major press coverage- or has it and I somehow missed it?

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glued from the beginning June 1 2012
By Michelle King - Published on Amazon.com
I normally don't write reviews, but I had to for this. I am a ballet dancer and thought it would be a cute documentary, but nothing really engaging. I was completely wrong! The amazing things the young people can do never ceases to amaze me. I highly recommend this feature presentation as soon as it is available on dvd. Meanwhile, I'm going to watch it a second and third time in the theaters.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see, A must have June 11 2012
By Vay Vay - Published on Amazon.com
As the grandmother of a dancer, this film portrayed the hard work and sacrifices that are made. However, it is not only the dancer that makes the sacrifices, but the family as well. The beauty of it all is amazing, but it is constant training. Just like a muscle builder a dancer must train daily. This film looks into the lives of 6 dancers, sometimes funny, but most of all it is inspiring, well done and a film to watch over and over. I don't understand why this did not get national attention.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing look into the world of ballet. July 17 2012
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This film takes you behind the scenes of the world of ballet and all of the ups and downs that dancers go through for their dream. Not only do you get to see what a world wide competition is like for these kids (they are aged 11-17), but it is also a great combination of personal stories that have you rooting for the dancers.

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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every dancer (and everyone who admires dance) should see June 12 2012
By poetry29 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a movie about kids who can be characterized by Baryshnikov words:"I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance"
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!
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