FLASHDANCE
1983, Paramount, 105 min, USA, Dir: Adrian Lyne

Feisty Alex (Jennifer Beals) is a blue-collar worker by day and aspiring dancer by night. She dances in bars, longing for a real career in dance. An ’80s movie-candy fairy tale, with a romance subplot between welder/dancer Beals and boss Michael Nouri that is especially sweet. The city of Pittsburgh co-stars. Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey and Irene Cara won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for the title song "Flashdance…What a Feeling."


LAST DANCE
2002, First Run Features, 84 min, USA, Dir: Mirra Bank

Mirra Bank’s fascinating documentary goes behind the scenes of the collaboration between beloved children’s book author Maurice Sendak and spectacular dance company Pilobolus as they transform a haunting Holocaust tale into a stunning theatre piece. But, as with many meetings of serious minds, the collaboration is a stormy, uphill road to artistic creation.


FIRST POSITION
2011, Sundance Selects, 90 min, USA, Dir: Bess Kargman

For the young dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, lifelong dreams are at stake. With hundreds competing for a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman's award-winning documentary follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, exhaustion and debilitating injuries all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow. Official selection of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. “Touching, enormously satisfying… poised for breakout success!” - Variety


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