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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Aran Bell
Rebecca Houseknecht
Joan Sebastian Zamora.
Directors
Bess Kargman.
Screenwriters
Running Time
96 minutes

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First Position
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Plot
Six young dancers - including 11 year-old American Aran Bell, prepare to compete in one of ballet's most prestigious competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix.


Review
First Position
Bess Kargman's energetic and often touching documentary accompanies six hopefuls preparing for the annual Youth American Grand Prix that will determine whether they get to fulfil their dancing dreams. While each story is covered skittishly, the final is utterly compelling.


Verdict
A touching look at ballet's battle-hardened youngsters.


Reviewed by Patrick Peters

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