First Position

2011 NR 1h 30m DVD

First Position

2011 NR 1h 30m DVD
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Follow dancers training for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions. The stakes are high: their performances will determine the success or failure of their dreams.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that First Position is a winning dance documentary that will have you on your feet cheering and clapping for its young subjects, all of whom are vying for prestigious scholarships and contracts after years of hard work, practice, and dedication (not to mention painful injuries). Not everyone gets to win the big prizes, but given how committed and giving all of the featured dancers are, they're definitely all winners. First Position will make you believe that hard work really does pay off, which is a great lesson for kids of all ages. While even younger kids will find much here to enjoy and inspire, the subjects' laser focus on their goals will be more relatable for tweens and up.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


No violence, but the physical toll that ballet exacts on dancers is in full display at one point -- including bloody toes, cuts and scratches, brutal bruises, and actual injuries.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

First Position's main message is about working hard to achieve your goal. And your passion for that goal matters, too; it should be your goal, not someone else's for you. Also, don't be too hard on yourself -- young people should be their own best motivators and supporters, with parents coming a close second.


One subject is shown with shopping bags from Victoria's Secret and the like. She's also shown shopping at Tiffany. Many dance companies are mentioned by name.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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