How to Dance in Ohio is a heart-filled new musical that explores what it means to belong, the courage it takes to put yourself out in the world, and the universal need to connect.
Based on Alexandra Shiva's award-winning documentary, produced by HBO in 2015, the musical follows the challenges and exhilarations faced by a group of seven autistic young adults at a counseling center in Columbus, Ohio. With the support of clinical psychologist Dr. Emilio Amigo, the center arranges a spring formal dance, and encourages them as they encounter love, fear, stress, excitement, and hope, along the path to human connection.
Directed by Sammi Cannold
Choreography by Mayte Natalio
Featuring Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Haven Burton, Darlesia Cearcy, Carlos L. Encinias, Desmond Edwards, Amelia Fei [Yi-Hsuan Fei], Nick Gaswirth, Gaelen Gilliland, Madison Kopec, Liam Pearce, Marina Pires, Imani Russell, Conor Tague, and Ashley Wool