First Position is a fantastic documentary that follows six young ballet dancers as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix — a competition that could make or break their future in the ballet world. It’s a thoughtful and engaging portrait of these kids that is sure to leave an impression on everyone who sees it. With its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) just around the corner, the first official trailer for it has arrived. Check it out below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
About First Position:
Follow in the inspirational footsteps of six talented ballet dancers (ages nine to nineteen) as they struggle to maintain form in the face of injury and personal sacrifice on their way to the most prestigious international student ballet competition: Youth America Grand Prix. First Position is a feature length documentary about a love of dance and a drive to succeed that trumps money, politics and even war.
With unprecedented (and exclusive) access, First Position takes audiences on a year long journey. At a time when art, music and dance for children are severely under-funded, the film reveals the struggles and success, the pain and extraordinary beauty of an art form that so many children across the globe are determined to dedicate their lives to… despite the odds.
First Position screens as part of the TIFF Kids Programme. For more information, visit tiff.net.