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Review: 'First Position' A Warm Portrait Of Talented Kids With Big Ambition

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2012 8:11 AM
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The world of ballet largely exists in somewhat rareified air, and doesn't often enter the wider pop cultural sphere, and thus it's a pleasant surprise that Bess Kargman's "First Position" is so immediately engaging. A documentary about a ballet contest might not seem inherently dramatic or even interesting for anyone who doesn't particularly enjoy dance, but by finding the human stories and letting the often breathtaking physicality speak for itself, "First Position" is a simple, but effective portrait of ambition and determination in an art form where the stakes are high and the rewards are few.

Exclusive: Poster For The Prize Winning Ballet Documentary 'First Position'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 11:56 AM
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While "Black Swan" might have had more than it's fair share of tough love, physicality and mental and emotional pressure, Nina Sayers might not have anything on the young dancers featured in the upcoming documentary "First Position."

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