First Position (2011) is a documentary by director Bess Kargman about ballet students training for and competing in the Youth America Grand Prix, where winners can get full scholarships and job contracts.
To become the best, push yourself harder than the rest.
Aran Bell, age 11, (demonstrating a foot strengthening exercise): “You’re supposed to do it as much as possible, and then do five more after you absolutely can’t do it anymore … Youth America grand Prix is coming up and I’ve been training really hard for it. Hopefully it will pay off. It feels good to be worked that hard and to be in that sort of mindset, and then have everything hurting when you come home.”
[He won “Best Overall Performance,” an award “to the dancer whose potential has been estimated as the highest in the age division.”]
- “This is what I do, I’m a dancer” by Jonathon Levy (mikebarnesanth.wordpress.com)