In the competitive world of classical dance, practice, discipline and perfection are paramount. First Position is a documentary that follows six young dancers as they compete for awards and elite scholarships at one of the most prestigious children’s ballet competitions.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
I used to dance in this competition myself and I thought this documentary really accurately portrayed YAGP. However, I felt it glorified the ballet world and wanted to be "feel good" rather than realistic.
Ballet is an extremely unhealthy sport, both physically and psychologically and it's cruel to put kids trough it.
First Position does a good job of accurately portraying the harsh reality of the whole process even if it feels a bit amateurish at times as a documentary.