First Position
First Position (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 30, 2012
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An upbeat and visually dramatic documentary of children's ballet, First Position displays the potential of the human spirit when fostered at a young age.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Undeniably effective as drama, as we ponder the varying degrees of ambition and talent driving these young people to push their bodies beyond the limit in the hope of grasping a future in the spotlight.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

When it's over, you won't remember so much about who won and who lost. Instead, what remains is the expression on a young dancer's face, reflected in a mirror: showing the joy of being in love with what you do.

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Rebecca Barry

The joy of watching lies in the purity of the dancer's passion.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

It does a great job developing its characters through its visuals - these are superphysical kids - and honing in on family dynamics.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For someone (like me) who has never been to a ballet, the talent of these teens and tweens is a revelation.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

A superior example of the genre, it concentrates on six young dancers from around the world ...

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

If you have a yearning to feel awkward, inadequate and lazy, watching the whirling teenage (and preteen) talents in director Bess Kargman's First Position will do the trick.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A number of the performances are plain stunning - Aran and Joan, in particular, seem born to move - and in many ways watching the movie is like watching a sporting event; there are winners and losers and favorites to cheer on.

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Rich Cline

Like the engaging hit documentary Spellbound, this dance competition film gets under the skin and holds us in its grip like a well-crafted thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Raymond Wieser
Even though it's predictable, First Position is an insightful film into the lives of aspiring ballet dancers. Upbeat, funny, involving, and precise, First… More
Greg S
Six kids (9-19) whose lives are completely devoted to dance compete in a New York City contest with the best dancers from across the globe, with scholarships… More