FIRST POSITION, beginning today, May 4, various times, is now playing at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third). The documentary film is recommended ages 8 to adult.
One of the most talked about films at NYICFF 2012, First Position follows six astoundingly gifted, unbelievably disciplined young dancers vying for a spot in the Youth America Grand Prix. Considered one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, the NYC showcase provides students the opportunity to dance for scholarships to the world's top dance schools and land contracts with renowned companies.
Joan Sebastian, 16, from Cali, Colombia dances to create a better life for himself and his family. Miko, 12, from Palo Alto, pursues her love of ballet with the help of her perfectionist mom. Michaela, 14, was adopted as a toddler from war-torn Sierra Leone and fights through injury to overcome stereotypes that keep many black dancers out of the spotlight. And then there's Gaya from Israel, who at only 11 years old dances with a poise, control and maturity that is simply astonishing to behold. With tensions building as we progress to the make-or-break finals, the film supplies all the drama you would expect - but even more than a dance movie, First Position captures the universal trials and triumphs of childhood across all walks of life.
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