How to Dance in OhioAll-American Family
About the Film
Finding a date, getting dressed up, and going to a school dance can be difficult for any teenager. For many living with autism, the idea of going to a spring formal is even more intimidating (and even frightening), considering the need to navigate social cues they don’t understand. Alexandra Shiva’s HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO follows a group of young people as they attempt to overcome their fears and prepare mentally, emotionally, and physically for this rite of passage. With a gentle and sensitive eye, Shiva follows the group through counseling and a series of role-play exercises leading up to the big dance.
About the Director
Alexandra Shiva is an award-winning filmmaker who produced and directed BOMBAY EUNUCH (2001), a feature-length documentary that follows a makeshift family of eunuchs as they struggle to survive in modern Bombay (winner Best Documentary Feature at New York's New Fest and the Special Jury Award at the Florida Film Festival). Alexandra's second documentary STAGEDOOR (2006) follows five kids through a musical theater summer camp program in the Catskill Mountains (SXSW 2005). In 2006 STAGEDOOR had its theatrical debut at Film Forum in NYC and began airing on Sundance Channel. In 2010 she created a short film for Turnaround For Children, a non-profit education reform organization based in New York and Washington DC. HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, had its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.