A documentary
A documentary

Friday, December 21 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. First Position (2012) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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, nothing short of perfection is acceptable. This award-winning documentary follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence.

"These performers are so young, so serious, so full of dreams and so hard on themselves that it is difficult not to be moved by their striving." -- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in December.

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