By Michelle Diament
January 15, 2015
A new film following a group of young people with developmental disabilities as they spend months preparing to tackle the social anxieties surrounding a high school dance is headed to HBO.
|“How to Dance in Ohio” is expected to debut on HBO|
this fall. (Laela Kilbourn)
The documentary “How to Dance in Ohio” will debut on the cable network later this year following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival January 25.
The 88-minute film tracks a group of teens and young adults with autism in Columbus, Ohio as they spend 12 weeks working on their social skills with a psychologist ahead of a spring formal.
Along the way, the individuals learn to overcome their fears as they pick dates and dresses and attempt to understand the unspoken etiquette of a dance.
“This is a film not only for the many whose lives are touched in some way by autism, but also for anyone who can relate to the fraught experience of growing up and trying to understand adulthood,” said director Alexandra Shiva.
Officials with HBO said they expect the documentary to air this fall.