First Position


A truly inspiring documentary that follows seven young people, ages 10 to 17, as they prepare for an international ballet competition. You see the sacrifices they and their families make because of their love for dance. In the second half of the documentary you see them perform at the competition: incredible.


Especially inspiring are two of the stories:


  • Michala Deprince a 14 year old orphan girl who witnessed tremendous cruelty as a child in a war-torn country in Africa. She was adopted by a very loving family in the United States. Since early childhood she always carried the dream of becoming a ballerina and has beaten the odds to become one.
  • Joan Sebastian Zamora, a 16 year old boy from Columbia who is trying to work his way out of poverty and follow his dream.


The beauty of what these young people accomplish can inspire all of us. the movie helps us ask ourselves what type of goals we are setting for our own lives and what we are doing to try to reach these goals. Not all of us can be world-class dancers, but we can all have noble dreams and take steps towards accomplishing them. Great movie for young people and adults.

About the Author:

Father Ernest Daly was ordained a priest by Pope John Paul II in 1991. He has an MA in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome, and an MA in Theology from the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Fr. Ernest has spent the last 30 years of his life working in schools and with young people, and has been publishing Our Faith In Action® since its founding in 2003. He loves skiing, movies, and hanging out with his nieces and nephews (he has a ton!).

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