First Position

Overview

Six dance students follow the same dream against long odds in this documentary from filmmaker Bess Kargman. The Youth America Grand Prix is a competition for young ballet students between the ages of 9 and 19; it's one of the world's leading proving grounds for new talent, and most major dance companies and schools pay close attention to who fares well in the annual contest. Each year, thousands of dancers enter, but only 300 make it into the finals, held in New York City. First Position follows six youngsters ...
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Overview

Six dance students follow the same dream against long odds in this documentary from filmmaker Bess Kargman. The Youth America Grand Prix is a competition for young ballet students between the ages of 9 and 19; it's one of the world's leading proving grounds for new talent, and most major dance companies and schools pay close attention to who fares well in the annual contest. Each year, thousands of dancers enter, but only 300 make it into the finals, held in New York City. First Position follows six youngsters who've entered the Grand Prix, and their lives and backgrounds offer a glimpse into the wide range of competitors. Sixteen-year-old Joan Sebastian Zamora is from Colombia, and his parents have sent him to America to train with a top instructor; he has to deal with his family's high expectations as well as those of the judges. Miko Fogarty is a 12-year-old from Palo Alto, CA, who dreams of becoming a professional; her parents believe in her, but also want her younger brother to follow in her footsteps, whether he's willing to or not. Fourteen-year-old Michaela DePrince was born in Sierra Leone, and is still haunted by memories of the bloody civil war there; she's since been adopted by a couple in Philadelphia, and dreams of becoming a star in a field where African-Americans are still not well-represented. Rebecca Houseknecht is a 17-year-old from Maryland who looks like a star, and she hopes to skip college and go directly into professional dance. Aran Bell, 11, is the son of a military doctor; he's determined to learn, and while his family is in Italy, he travels hours each day for lessons with a former star of the Ballet Marseilles. And Gaya Bommer Yemini, a close friend of Aran, is the daughter of Nadine Bommer, a well-respected Israeli choreographer, who hopes to follow her mother into the world of ballet. First Position received its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Special Features

Commentary with Filmmaker Bess Kargman; Full length performances; Training & Rehearsal Footage; Trailer; Teaser
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • UPC: 030306982892
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Ifc Independent Film
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,095

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miko Fogarty Participant
Jules Fogarty Participant
Joan Sebastian Zamora Participant
Aran Bell Participant
Michaela DePrince Participant
Rebecca Houseknecht Participant
Gaya Bommer Yemini Participant
Denys Ganio Participant
Viktor Kabaniaev Participant
Michelle Lees Participant
Flavio Salazar Participant
Bo Spassoff Participant
Stephanie Spassoff Participant
Larissa Saveliev Participant
Technical Credits
Bess Kargman Director, Editor, Producer
Kate Amend Editor
Rose Caiola Executive Producer
Chris Hajian Score Composer
Nick Higgins Associate Producer, Cinematographer
Jennilyn Merten Associate Producer
Hashem Selph Production Manager
Eric Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- First Position
1. Introduction [2:34]
2. Aran [4:31]
3. Michaela [6:16]
4. The Competition [2:08]
5. Joan Sebastian [4:41]
6. Cost of Ballet [1:56]
7. Miko & Jules [5:13]
8. Boys in Ballet [1:08]
9. Aran & Gaya's Semi-Final [5:41]
10. Rebecca's Semi-Final [5:12]
11. Michaela's Semi-Final [2:52]
12. Miko & Jules Part ll [3:53]
13. Joan Sebastians Semi-Final [2:18]
14. Miko & Jules' Semi-Final [4:18]
15. Colombia [4:04]
16. Jules Quits [1:42]
17. Injuries & Michaela's Pain [3:37]
18. New York Finals [7:54]
19. Finals Part ll [6:46]
20. Finals Part lll [4:18]
21. Awards [4:11]
22. Epilogue & End Credits [4:13]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- First Position
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      Full Length Performances
         Contemporary
         Classical
         Additional Performances
         Competitors From Around The World
      Training And Rehearsal
         Miko & Jules
         Michaela
         Aran
         Rebecca
         Joan Sebastian
            Rehearsal
            Deleted Scenes
      Trailer
      Teaser
   Setup
      Audio
         English 5.1 Surround
         Commentary With Filmmaker Bess Kargman
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
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