Dedication, hard work and cold cash. See what these have to do with the world of ballet when The St Augustine Film Festival presents a special screening of the ballet documentary, First Position. The film will be shown on Thursday, June 28 at 7pm in the Gamache-Koger Theatre in the Flagler College Student Center located at 50 Sevilla Street in St. Augustine. All tickets are $10 and proceeds will benefit Saint Augustine Ballet. First Position is a feature length documentary about a love of dance and a drive to succeed that trumps money, politics and even war. The film is suitable for all ages and running time is approximately 90 minutes. With unprecedented 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 to Italy, Japan, France, Great Britain, Colombia, Canada and various cities in the United States 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 dancers across the globe are determined to dedicate their lives to. The young dancers in the film were chosen just as much for their unique personal stories as their determination and talent. The director wanted to show a diverse range of subjects, both in terms of race, gender, socio-economic status and career goals.
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