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How to Dance in Ohio

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November 15

Belasco Theatre

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So Much in Common

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Based on Alexandra Shiva’s documentary film,
How To Dance in Ohio

Based on the Peabody Award-winning HBO documentary, How to Dance in Ohio is a heart-filled new musical exploring the need to connect and the courage it takes to step out into the world. At a group counseling center in Columbus, Ohio, seven autistic young adults prepare for a spring formal dance—a rite of passage that breaks open their routines and sets off hilarious and heartbreaking encounters with love, stress, excitement, and independence. How to Dance in Ohio is a story about people standing on the cusp of the next phase of their lives, facing their hopes and fears, ready to make a very big first move…and dance.

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Perspective Statement

The How to Dance in Ohio team acknowledges that there are varying terms used to describe disability, autism, autistic individuals, and other subject matters in this production. We strive to reflect our understanding of the terms preferred by our cast, creative team, and autistic self-advocates. It is possible that a perspective was not heard, a term is outdated, or language has evolved. Your opinions and feedback are important to us; please email to open up the conversation if you believe there is something we missed. We’d be grateful to hear from you!

The How to Dance in Ohio team recognizes that this musical only represents seven autistic character perspectives. As shared in the show: “You meet one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person!”

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