First Position follows the inspirational footsteps of a group of young talented ballet dancers aged nine to sixteen as they struggle to maintain form in the face of injury and personal sacrifice on their way to one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world: the Youth America Grand Prix.
Lifelong dreams are at stake, with hundreds of dancers from around the globe travelling to New York each year, competing for a handful of elite scholarships and contracts. Practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Struggling through bruised feet and near exhaustion all while navigating the drama of adolescence and family life, First Position combines built-in drama, tension and suspense with exciting and beautifully shot performances. With the diversity of each dancer's backstory coupled with a showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, First Position recalls documentaries such as Spellbound in painting a thrilling and moving portrait.
We are delighted to announce that 16 year old Australian dancer Emily Seymour who is best known for her outstanding performance on Network TEN's Everybody Dance Now, has been invited by the Director of the Youth America Grand Prix to bypass all audition rounds and compete in this year's competition's finals in New York. The Grand Prix starts Thursday April 11 and Emily will update us on her progress daily through a series of short Vibe app videos. Meet Emily and follow her journey by scrolling below.
Emily has performed in some of the most prestigious competitions in the world including the 2012 Showcase Championships where she was named Dancer of the Year. She also danced as part of the 2013 Isobel Anderson Awards in Sydney, as well as Alana Haines Ballet Competition in Wellington, New Zealand. She was also a semi-finalist at this year's prestigious Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, where she received scholarship offers to the Ben Stevenson Ballet Academy, Houston, the Ballettschule Theatre Basel, Switzerland and the Royal Swedish Ballet School.
Sunday April 7, 2013 Emily in the studio practicing...
Monday April 8, 2013 - Emily's working on her ballet shoes. She takes off for New York tomorrow!
Tuesday April 9, 2013 - Spinning around at the departure gate in Sydney:)
Wednesday April 10, 2013 - Hello from NYC!
Thursday April 11, 2013 - Emily takes over Times Square:)
... and a bit more fun in NYC Emily style!
Friday April 12, 2013 - Finally registering for Youth America Grand Prix
... and time to rehearse
Saturday April 13, 2013 - Emily practices with a couple of friends.
Sunday April 14, 2013 - Emily's practice speeds up;)
Monday April 15, 2013 - Emily and Miko Fogarty (First Position) after rehearsals.
Tuesday April 16, 2013 - more rehearsals...
Wednesday April 17, 2013 - Emily finds out she made the finals!
Putting on makeup and hair and ready to dance...
Thursday April 18, 2013 - watching other competitors before tonight's finals.
Friday April 18, 2013 - dressing room preparations. Soon after her performance Emily received offers of interest from three ballet companies! Which one will she pick? Stay tuned.
Friday April 26, 2013 - Emily's back in Sydney and the ballet company she decided to join is...