On June 13th, Westchester Ballet Company invites you to a special screening of First Position, the inspirational footsteps of 6 talented ballet dancers (ages nine to nineteen) as they struggle to maintain form in the face of injury and personal sacrifice on their way to one of the most prestigious youth ballet competitions in the world. First Position is a feature length documentary about a love of dance and a drive to succeed that trumps money, politics and even war.
With unprecedented (and exclusive) access to the Youth America Grand Prix, the largest competition that awards full scholarships to top ballet schools, First Position takes audiences on a yearlong journey around the world. At a time when art, music and dance for children are severely under-funded, the film reveals the struggles and success, the pain and extraordinary beauty of an art form so many children across the globe are determined to dedicate their lives to…despite the odds.
Following the film there will be a panel discussion with Beth Fritz-Logrea, Artistic Director of The Westchester Ballet Company. She will be joined by a panel of dancers from Westchester Ballet Company who have trained for and participated in the Youth American Grand Prix.