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DANCE IN CINEMA. MiNA Recommends: “First Position” (Part II)

Continuing our two-part review of director Bess Kargman’s extraordinary 2011 documentary feature “First Position” — about youth ballet competition, we resume with coverage of… 1,433 more words


Film Review: First Position

The Youth American Grand Prix is the world’s largest ballet competition that awards full scholarships and job contracts to dancers ages 9-19. Each year over 5,000 dancers enter the Youth American Grand Prix semi-finals held in 15 cities around the world. 603 more words


SPOTLIGHT - Michaela DePrince, The Black Ballerina Taking Flight

In 1995, a little girl was born in  the war-torn West African country, Sierra Leone. Her name was Mabinty Bangura. Due to civil unrest in the country, Mabinty lost both her parents by the age 3.   805 more words


Bees, batching it, basic incomes, Confucius, and a brand new ballet

Sally’s tennis team made it to the state finals, which was in Greensboro this week. Of course we were proud of her, but also concerned, since this meant leaving Gabe and me, and the three cats and two dogs, to fend for ourselves for a few days. 1,033 more words

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Ballet Movies for a weekend night

It’s weekend! Time for sit back and relax. I’ve always spent this precious free time watching some nice ballet films. I have a list of favourite films that I can re-watch again and again. 437 more words


Hope in a Ballet Shoe: orphaned by war, saved by ballet, by Michaela and Elaine DePrince - Maggie Watson reviews

This book tells the extraordinary story of how Mabinty Bangura from Sierra Leone survived war, famine, cruelty and prejudice to end up dancing with Dutch National Ballet under the name… 418 more words


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I love the documentary First Position.

I’ve seen it a number of times. It’s a ballet documentary, but not one that sugarcoats the ballet world, or what happens when you’re in a ballet career. 175 more words

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