"Even if I'm sick, even if I'm injured, I still dance." - Michaela
I thought this was the best quote to sum up the entire documentary of First Position. To watch all these kids work so hard to reach a dream, even working through an injury, was just amazing and a little on the sad side. These kids know from a young age what it is that they want to do, and should they fail, I believe they would think life was now worthless. They are their art form, their expression.
When it came to support, I did not hear anyone who had parents who did not support them. Aran's dad being a great example, "I have to say, I never expected my son to be a dancer. But I couldn't be prouder." These parents sacrifice money, time, work, and in Aran's case possibly their lives, to support their children in pursuing their dreams.
From watching First Position, I believe the stereotype of snooty ballet dancers has been demolished. If you look at Joan Sebastian's case, he is alone in NYC trying to support his family back in Columbia. He obviously is not coming from money.
Overall, I loved this documentary. It was easy to get attached to some of the kids. I just thought Aran and Gaya were too cute, but both were fierce and passionate about their mission in life, about dance.