Pelham's Picture House to Begin Screening Documentary "First Position" Friday

The documentary follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, while navigating their adolescence.


PELHAM, NY—Rachel Moore, the Executive Director of the prestigious American Ballet Theater, will be at for a Q&A moderated by former Metropolitan Opera Ballet dancer Jean Volpe following a June 19th screening of "First Position," a documentary that follows six young dancers as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition. Ms. Moore was named Executive Director of ABT in 2004. She has been associated with the ABT since 1984 when she was a member of it corps de ballet. The film is screening at The Picture House from Friday, June 15 through Thursday, June 21. 

Following the screening and moderated discussion, Jean Volpe and Gayle Conran Potter will co-host a fundraiser in support of the American Ballet Theater. The fundraiser will be held at Pelham’s Bistro Rollin, where hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Fundraiser tickets can be purchased for $50 at www.thepicturehouse.org, with proceeds benefitting ABT.  

The American Ballet Theater is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Its recent productions include "The Bright Stream" and "Onegin," which are both playing at The Metropolitan Opera House. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so.

"First Position" is an award-winning documentary directed by Bess Kargman. It follows six young dancers as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix and a chance to enter the world of professional ballet by earning an elite scholarship or contract. It won the Jury Prize at the San Francisco Doc Fest and the Audience Award at DOCNYC.


Fri, June 15th: 6:00pm, 8:30pm
Sat, June 16th: 1:30pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm
Sun, June 17th: 7:00pm
Mon, June 18th: 8:45pm 

Tue, June 19th: 7:30pm 

Wed, June 20th: 6:00pm

Thu, June 21st: 1:30pm, 7:30pm

Tue, June 19th, 9pm - Following the 7:30pm screening of FIRST POSITION, Rachel Moore, Executive Director of the American Ballet Theater, will be on hand for a Q&A. A fundraiser in support of ABT will follow the Q&A at Bistro Rollin in Pelham.  


General Admission: $12 (at the door), $9 (advanced purchase)

Member: $6

Senior/Student/Child: $10 (at the door), $8 (advanced purchase)

Fundraiser Ticket: $50


A former member of ABT’s corps de ballet from 1984-1988, Rachel S. Moore was named Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre in April 2004. Prior to her appointment, she served as Director of Boston Ballet’s Center for Dance Education (2001-04).

From 1998-2001, Moore served as Executive Director of Project STEP, a classical music school for students of color in Boston and Managing Director of Ballet Theatre of Boston.

She has also held senior positions with Americans for the Arts and the National Cultural Alliance, both in Washington, D.C.

 She has served on grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Arts Council and served as an advisor to the Diversity Committee at Boston Symphony Orchestra.


Jean Volpe was a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Zurich Ballet and is currently an American Ballet Theater Board Member.  Born in Iowa, she studied dance at Juilliard School of Music.


Gayle Conran Potter is President of ConranPR, a leading New York boutique PR firm specializing in travel and tourism.  Immediately after graduating from high school, she became a contracted member of The Milwaukee Ballet and later a member of The Boston Ballet from 1981 to 1989.

While still dancing full time, she began paving the way for her career transition, working pro bono on projects with Boston Ballet’s public relations director.  She also penned numerous by-lined articles on the arts for the Boston Globe and Playbill.  Before leaving the company, she researched and wrote Boston Ballet’s history for their 25th Anniversary commemorative book.


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