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When ballet dancers float across the stage with incomparable elegance and graceful lightness, it is easy to forget as a spectator what an effort this art form is associated with. Because what looks like lightness is in reality a hard fight that often demands more than just blood, sweat and tears. A fight that often begins in early childhood. Who is not with total discipline and devotion to the cause, for him ballet will never be more than a small hobby. But for those for whom dancing is life, the "Youth America Grand Prix" (YAPG) gives them the opportunity to get a scholarship or a coveted contract with the best ballet schools and ensembles in the world. There are only 300 seconds that can change a life forever.
Filmmaker Bess Kargman has accompanied six young talents in their preparations for this competition for her documentary "First Position - Ballet is Their Life". There are the siblings Miko and Jules, who are driven by their mother again and again to best performances, whereby straight Jules loses more and more the fun at the ballet. Or the 11-year-old Aran Bell, who with his talent and charm not only wins the hearts of the competition audience in no time at all. The young Colombian Joan Sebastian Zamora also hopes that his participation in the YAPG in New York will make his dream of a career as a dancer come true. Michaela DePrince, a war orphan from Sierra Leone, wants to prove to the jury that even colored girls can master this art form perfectly. And Rebecca Houseknecht, who seems to fulfil every cliché of a pure dance barbie, wants to fight these clichés with a lot of discipline and a sophisticated technique.
All these children and teenagers share their passion for ballet dancing, a passion they have developed for very different reasons. In very charming and open interviews and wonderful snapshots from the rehearsals or from the everyday life of the protagonists, the audience is revealed what dancing means to each and every one of these great talents and why they sometimes put up with great pain in order to meet their own demands and those of their coaches. That's very amusing, for example when Rebecca claims to be a normal, simple girl sitting behind the pink plush steering wheel of her car. But in other moments the movie also manages to move a lot, which is especially the case when Michaela talks about her traumatic memories of the war in her home country.
However, first and foremost the film is an extremely entertaining testimony of great talents, which you can be fascinated by even if you don't have a lot to do with ballet yourself. "First Position - Ballett ist ihr Leben" is a wonderful documentary, at the end of which not only a happy smile was conjured up on the faces of the audience, but also a great thankfulness arises that one's own feet do not look like the maltreated feet of the young dancers. Therefore: absolutely worth seeing!
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