This inspiring, crowd-pleasing and cleverly conceived documentary is a tribute to passion and commitment, the strict devotion to realising one's dreams. First Position, directed by Bess Kargman, chronicles six youngsters of different ages as they strain their bodies to the limit in competition for a spot in the final of the Youth America Grand Prix. We are privileged to the dramatic back stories of several young ballet dancers - Aran Bell (a prodigy living with his military family in Italy), Michaela DePrince (an orphaned girl from Sierra Leone who has been adopted by a Philadelphia family), Jules and Miko Fogarty, Joan Sebastian Zamora and Rebecca Housekneckt - and given insight into their upbringing and daily childhood lives (home schooling for example, which allows more time for dancing), their rigorous training, their backstage preparations and their emotions immediately after performing. We are given privileged access to each dancer, so we invested in the drama of their 'one-shot' performances.
My Rating: ★★★★