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First Position


Forget ‘Black Swan’- this is the real deal. Think ‘Hoop Dreams’ in toe shoes.

— Mary Pols, The Los Angeles Times


— Arnold Jones, TIME Magazine

You’ll want to dance with joy after seeing ‘First Position.'

— Laura Bleiberg, Dallas Voice

Presented by Sundance Selects | United States | May 4th, 2012 | 90 MINS | UR

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary, FIRST POSITION, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.


  • Bess Kargman


  • Bess Kargman