Directed by: Bess Kargman 2012 | 90 min.

Section: Spring Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


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.

Bess Kargman's award-winning documentary, FIRST POSITION, 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, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.


Tuesday, April 17 6:00 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Wednesday, April 18 3:00 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Bess Kargman
Producer Bess Kargman
Executive Producer Rose Caiola
Cinematographer Nick Higgins
Editor Bess Kargman, Kate Amend
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