‘First Position’ Held Over At Cable Car

first position The documentary ‘First Position,’ directed by Bess Kargman, is a behind-the-scenes look at young ballet dancers “duking it out, sometimes on point and in tulle, for top honors at the Youth America Grand Prix.” (Each year, this prominent competition hands out both actual contracts and more than a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to dance schools.) According to the New York Times six contestants from around the globe are highlighted.

For her part, Michaela, an orphan from Sierra Leone adopted by older Americans (a quick, somewhat comical introductory shot of a menorah indiscreetly suggests the unsaid), may leave you a puddled mess by the time she finishes telling her story. But it’s how she came to ballet — through the image of a ballerina in an old magazine — that does you in and shows off Ms. Kargman’s storytelling instincts.

Running time 90 minutes/photo gallery.

Through Thursday, June 14, First Position, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street, 272.3970

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