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First Position [DVD]

Aran Bell , Rebecca Houseknecht , Bess Kargman    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora
  • Directors: Bess Kargman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BM8W9X0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,408 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. This award-winning documentary follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take your position. 13 Dec 2012
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Find out how difficult ballet is. I am not a ballet aficionado I saw the trailer and decided to give the DVD a try.
Would highly recommend especially for any aspiring ballet dancers. Recommended. Glad I bought it.
Terry.C.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This touching film is as moving for the human stories and relationships as for the quality of the dancing performed by the four girls and two boys,competing in the Youth America Grand Prix.Neither are we spared the heart-break of their mistakes and failures; their handling of tension, stress, disappointment, injury and prejudice;their poor,battered feet and the foot-stretching torture to produce that beautiful convex instep! However, we are more than uplifted by the sensitive interactions between pupils and teachers and the devotion and unfailing support of both parents.Skate-boarding comedian, Aran,11,full of joy and passion, has a military Dad based in Italy,where he trains. The father of Miko and Jules approves of the beneficial effects on the family life-style. Joan Sebastian,although adored and missed (he trains in N.Y.)is pushed by his parents, with Dad advising it's the only way to escape from the poor neighbourhood of Colombia where they live. The foster parents of Michaela rescued her as an orphan from the civil war in Sierra Leone (where her parents and teacher were killed)and brought her back to Philadelphia.They have devoted themselves to fulfilling her dream of becoming a 'delicate' black dancer, inspired by the image of a ballerina she saw on the cover of a dance magazine. Miko,12, and Jules,10, are driven by their ambitious,Japanese Mum (also a competent pianist) who pays for additional private tuition. Her influence has a very good effect on one child but more negative results on the other. She is clearly fulfilling a dream,as is the mother of Joan Sebastian,who describes herself as a 'frustrated ballerina'. Although it was 'weird' for a boy to be a ballet dancer in Colombia, she overcame her qualms. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful documentary film 28 May 2013
By jd
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a wonderful inspiring documentary film about competitors from round the world in the lead up to a US ballet competition final... moving and heart felt stories in the attempt to win not just prizes but, much more coveted: scholarships for ballet schools round the world... not just for ballet fans, but for anyone who has had a dream, it's a thoroughly entertaining film..
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are interested in ballet... 9 Jun 2013
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...you will like this inspiring DVD! I can watch it over and over again. If you are a dancer, or just interested in dance you should watch this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Viewing 9 Aug 2013
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Excellent film/documentary, highly recommended for all ballet lovers. You can also catch up with the dancers on youtube to see what they're doing now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 5 Jun 2013
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I was very keen to buy this as soon as it came out. It is interesting but perhaps dragged on a little bit. Wonderful standard of dance and informative but definitely a documentary - I wouldn't necessarily suggest it for very easy viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So inspiring. 1 May 2014
By Mrs A K
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I am a ballet teacher and had my eye on this film for a while so, when a couple of my students recommended it I sat down to watch it. I say 'sat down' but in reality I sat for 5 minutes and then got up and stretched while watching it. You simply can't sit and do nothing while watching these wonderfully talented kids work so hard. It's incredibly inspiring. You really invest in each story and hope they can all achieve their dream (sadly of course, that's unlikely.) I have recommended it to all my students, and funnily enough, some have watched it before coming to class, and then really blown me away with how hard they're working! Fantastic film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 7 Feb 2014
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This is just the sort of series I love . allet is my passion. People are my passion.
I just needed longer performances Sometimes items were cut a bit short ( for me).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave this as a gift to two dancers I know
Even though I'm not this kind of dancer, I can appreciate the drama these kids go through, the dedication, the dedication on the part of their parents to make their dreams come... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jade
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Wow how hard do these kids train, great documentary about gifted young dancers. The featured dancers were all charming without any of the spoilt or bratty examples you would... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Helen Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting honest documentary
A good entertaining but also honest look into the competitive/difficult side of dance. My children of various ages enjoyed watching this.
Published 6 months ago by kash mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I really enjoyed the documentary, it was nice to see how the kids developed, what they went through.
If you are a ballet dancer you are really going to enjoy it
Published 7 months ago by Carla Virginia De Angelis
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD order
I have been searching for this video re a write up in the papers. Found it on Amazon and was impressed with the handling of my order. Well worth the wait,
Published 7 months ago by Christine
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality
I am very impressed by the real-to-life footage and personal stories; sent several copies to ballet associates in South Africa.
Published 8 months ago by Rev. David Musgrave
5.0 out of 5 stars feedback
fantastic dvd if you are into dance or even if you are not great to watch either way I bought it for my daughter and she loves it
Published 11 months ago by leechy//123
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Watch
This film is enjoyable if you like to see the physical hard work and the emotional struggle that goes into mastering classical ballet. The young people featured are delightful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by nikola white
5.0 out of 5 stars great documentary
If you are looking for a documentary for a lazy Sunday afternoon this is perfect.
A very interesting subject and very well executed.
Published 12 months ago by Wizz
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for everyone who loves ballet
I saw the trailer to this documentary month ago and couldn't wait for the dvd release. I loved the stunning and breathtaking ballet rehearsals and performances on stage.
Published 12 months ago by Sindy Z
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