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How to Dance in Ohio movie review (2015)


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Alexandra Shiva’s “How to Dance in Ohio,” premiering Monday night on HBO after a successful festival run, is a tender, compassionate look at three young women living life on the autism spectrum. In many ways, it’s a stellar example of what Roger spoke about when he discussed film as an empathy machine, offering insight into lives we may not fully understand. It’s a bit shapeless in terms of filmmaking, but this is a “character documentary,” a study of people that you won’t soon forget, and it works on that level.


“How to Dance in Ohio” observes different sessions at Amigo Family Counseling, a center for children, teens and adults with autism. Dr. Emilio Amigo gently motivates his patients with challenges designed to show them that their limitations are not as defined as they may think they are. Amigo’s approach can be inspirational far beyond that of his patients, adopting a style that could be best summed up when he says, “They will believe they can succeed when they succeed.” He doesn’t coddle his patients, but instead sets up challenges that he knows they can surpass. Shiva’s whole film works off Amigo’s balance of empowerment and safety. People with autism often fear for their own security, and Amigo teaches them that they can be happy, highly functioning and not be afraid. We can all take something away from when he says, “Let’s give it up for butterflies! That means you’re alive!

Shiva's film chronicles the three months leading up to an Amigo Family Counseling Formal Dance. Yes, his patients will have to get dressed up, interact, slow dance and even line dance. If you think about it, a formal dance is a series of social interactions, whether they’re dancing in a group with others, asking someone you like to cut a rug, or even just socializing around the punch bowl. As expected, most of Amigo’s patients are fearful, but they work towards the big day, wondering who to ask as their date and even going dress-shopping.

In particular, Shiva focuses on three women—a 16-year-old named Marideth, a 19-year-old named Caroline and a 22-year-old named Jessica. Labels like autistic often paint with a broad brush for people who hear them; one lesson to be learned by “Ohio” is the notable differences between these three young ladies. Marideth seems to just be coming out of her shell. Her parents note that they only get two minutes of conversation, but that’s two minutes more than they used to get. She’s unpredictable in her degree of confidence, telling Shiva that she likes to research and then shutting down when asked what she likes to research. Caroline has a boyfriend she met in Amigo’s class, and she’s going to other classes, but is nervous about taking the bus to get there. Jessica gets the most screen time, and she’s close to being completely independent, even working a bakery, although she sometimes struggles with co-workers.


How will I know what to say to someone when they talk to me? How will I know if someone is joking? What do I say when I’m nervous? Most people with autism can’t inherently and instinctually respond to social cues like you or me. And “How to Dance in Ohio” deftly captures that aspect of the condition. We see Marideth, Caroline and Jessica taking small steps forward, although the film is careful not to present their condition as something that needs a cure. It’s just a fact of their lives, something they use Dr. Amigo’s class to manage. The best elements of “How to Dance in Ohio” don’t feel like a disease-of-the-week documentary—on the contrary, they illuminate the commonality we’ve all faced at a difficult job or nerve-inducing formal dance. We’ve all felt those butterflies. And that means we’re alive.

Brian Tallerico

Brian Tallerico is the Editor of RogerEbert. com, and also covers television, film, Blu-ray, and video games. He is also a writer for Vulture, The Playlist, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone, and the President of the Chicago Film Critics Association.

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Movie review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media

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Inspirational, heartwarming doc about living with autism.

NR 2015 89 minutes

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that How to Dance In Ohio is a documentary that centers on a group of high-functioning people on the autism spectrum preparing for the challenges and joys that come with attending a formal dance. Therapy and living with autism are central themes. The Amigo Counseling Center and its program are highlighted. There's nothing to worry about here, but some folks may be sensitive to some of the concerns expressed about living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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What's the Story?

HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO is a documentary about a group of high-functioning teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) preparing for, and attending, a spring formal in Columbus, Ohio. Under the therapeutic guidance of clinical psychologist Emilio Amigo and his staff, folks such as 16-year-old Marideth Bridges, 19-year-old Caroline McKenzie, and 22-year-old Jessica Sullivan work on learning how to communicate and interact with others in various social settings. With the help of their families, Dr. Amigo, and other professionals, they spend 12 weeks preparing for a formal dance at a local night club organized by the Amigo Counseling Center to help them learn how to cope with the many anxieties they have about participating in the event, and they practice how to socialize with other people. From working through their discomfort with trying to have a conversation to navigating their nervousness when choosing dresses, they all work their way toward the big event by facing their fears head-on.

Is It Any Good?

The film offers a warmhearted, informative look at the routines, successes, and struggles people with Asperger's syndrome and high-functioning autism have when interacting with the mainstream world. But what stands out here is the self-awareness of the cast, who understand that they need extra help and coping mechanisms to function, and who do their best to articulate their anxieties and their desires. The insights offered by their parents and Dr. Amigo also offer a broader lens from which to see how they navigate their day-to-day lives.

Though both men and women are featured here, the fact that much of the story centers on three women leaves it feeling a bit uneven. However, this doesn't detract from the overall themes, which underscore how paralyzing basic social practices can be for people on the autism spectrum. It also shows how they, with the right support, can go to college, get jobs, and live independently. Overall, How to Dance In Ohio is a documentary that shows us how something as simple as a rite of passage can be life-changing to those who are challenged by life every day.

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  • How does How to Dance In Ohio promote empathy and integrity? Why are these important character strengths?

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 25, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: September 27, 2016
  • Cast: Emilio Amigo, Caroline McKenzie, Jessica Sullivan
  • Director: Alexandra Shiva
  • Studio: HBO
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Character Strengths: Empathy, Integrity
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: March 2, 2022

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Overview: How to Dance in Ohio, an HBO documentary about three women on the autism spectrum who attended training sessions with the team but was never eligible to play. long enough to (with the complicity of the opposing team) score a touchdown. The crowd cheers and everyone has their moments of wellness.

Vignettes like these actually irritate some parents of children with special needs who think they are giving the rest of the world the right to continue to marginalize such children. Hey Marge, a disabled kid just scored a goal. The problem is solved, so let's forget about the existence of children with disabilities again.

How to Dance in Ohio, HBO's poignant Monday night documentary, by its description, might seem like a variation on this staple of the evening news. It's about teenagers and young adults from Columbus, Ohio getting ready for their spring formal dance. But Alexandra Shiva, the filmmaker, goes so much deeper than the bodice and boutonniere shot that this piece, though it also has sweet moments, ends up painting a portrait of young people whose futures are full of worries and uncertainties.

The film is dedicated to the communication skills therapy program for young people with autism run by clinical psychologist Emilio Amigo. His efforts to teach his clients how to interact with each other and with the whole world prompted him to announce that they will all participate in the spring event, including everything that entails: finding a date, choosing clothes, learning to dance, understanding how to have a simple small talk about social function.

Ms. Shiva focuses on three young women and their families: Maridette Bridges, 16; Caroline Mackenzie, 19years; and Jessica Sullivan, 22. The dance becomes simply a vehicle to explore the myriad challenges the three and their parents face as they approach adulthood. Will they be able to go to college, live independently, make friends, keep a job?

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I have always wanted it to be a kind of bridge of understanding and there was no better way for me than to take what we have all experienced in some way and tell a story through it,” Ms. Shiva said about movie. The dancing is sweet and the dancing is beautiful, but the biggest challenge is how to show you, as a viewer, that for Marideth, just saying "Hi" is an accomplishment?

The three young women have a relatively high level of functionality that allows Mrs. Shiva to allow them to be guides to their world; this is not a traditional documentary full of talking heads sharing aloof academic wisdom. All three understand their limitations and the obstacles they face, and Ms. Shiva has provided excellent access to them and their families.

“I wanted them to speak for themselves and have a free hand in the process,” she said. And we understood very well that we did not go beyond the scope of their history.

She highlighted the scene where Ms. Sullivan talks about her obsession with anime, which is a very honest moment.

“I dream in cartoons,” she says. I feel like a little cartoon character. Plus, cartoons never judge you the way people do.

Ms. Shiva said the goal was to show the viewer Ms. Sullivan's point of view. “Hopefully this is the moment you got into her experience,” she said. You are not looking at her, you are in her experience.

Yes, the film pays off with smile-inducing images when dance comes, but getting there means for the viewer to face hard-to-think questions about what happens to young people with disabilities when they grow out of the school system. and what are society's obligations to them. Ms. Shiva has directed two previous films, Bombay Eunuch and Stagedoor, both of which also deal with people who somehow don't fit into the mainstream.

I have a hot topic that I didn't even know about until I started doing this, which is: I'm very interested in people who are looking to belong, and I'm very interested in people living on the sidelines, she said. . In my opinion, you learn more about the human experience from people who struggle than from people who think, "It's okay."

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In this article, we will show you the 21+ most affordable colleges in Columbus, Ohio; their training and online courses.

In the meantime, let's look at some of the questions you might have about these schools in Ohio.

What is the cheapest college in Ohio?

While some Ohio schools are very affordable, some are more affordable than others.

Central State University at Wilberforce ranks first on the list of colleges with $3,926 in public education.

Which college has the cheapest tuition?

According to College Board Data, these 10 states have the lowest average cost of tuition in the state:

10. Mississippi

The average training and fees in the staff: 7.410 dollars

Five -year change: 23 percent

The average cost of training and fees outside the state: $ 20.260 XNUMX

9. Northern Carolina

Average in-state tuition and fees: $7,200

Five-year change: 19 percent

Average out-of-state tuition and fees: $23,750

8. Alaska

Average in-state tuition and fees: $7,130

Five-year change: 23 percent

Average out-of-state tuition and fees: $21,800

7. Idaho 902 6 Average fees 9002 6 in-state tuition and fees: $7,010

Five-year change: 16 percent

Average out-of-state tuition and fees: $21,250

6. Nevada

Average in-state tuition and fees: $6,910

Five-year change: 7 percent

Average out-of-state tuition and fees: $20,720

5. New Mexico

Average tuition and fees in-state fees: $6,620

Five-year change: 14 percent

Average out-of-state tuition and fees: $19,050


Five year change: 17 percent

Average out-of-state tuition and fees: $19,840

3. Montana

Average in-state tuition and fees: $6,410

Five year change:

Average out-of-state tuition and fees: $22,100

2. Florida

Average in-state tuition and fees: $6,360

Five-year change: 6 percent

Average out-of-state tuition and fees: $21,570

1. Wyoming

Average in-state tuition and fees: $5,060

Five-year change: 15 percent

Out-of-state average tuition and fees

State: $16,220

Which college has the cheapest tuition?

OnlineU researched 1,943 institutions to find the 25 most affordable online schools. In each school, the cost of undergraduate education is less than

Ohio State University expects that with a GPA of 3.83, you will be among the best in your class and well above average. Your transcript should show mostly A’s.

Ideally, you should also complete a few AP or IB courses to prove that you can work with college-level academics.

Does availability affect its quality?

Affordability does not simply mean finding a school with low status in the government. It's important to look at the typical school financial aid package, the average net price actually paid, and especially the quality of the education you get.

Sometimes a school that appears cheap on the list can be of poor relative value if it cannot provide competitive financial aid or does not offer quality education.

Colleges Ohio Schools

When you think of Ohio, there are probably several colleges and universities that immediately come to mind: Ohio State University, Oberlin, Case Western, Worcester, and perhaps a few others.

But what you may not realize is that Ohio is indeed flooded with big schools, each offering something different. Whether you're an athlete holding onto the best athletic program, a creative mind destined for the big stage, or a religious student who values ​​spiritual introspection, Ohio has it all.

Ohio is home to dozens of private schools, government agencies, and small businesses and vocational schools. Limiting options can be tricky, especially when there are so many schools that turn out to be worthy candidates.

How many colleges are there in Columbus, Ohio ?

There are approximately 50 colleges and universities in the Columbus area. While Columbus has a good mix of public and private schools, most of the city's schools are private.

Colleges in Columbus vary in price and availability.

Browse our list of the most affordable colleges in Columbus, Ohio with the lowest tuition fees below;

Belmont College, St. Clairsville

For more than 40 years, Belmont College has helped Ohio Valley residents achieve their educational and career goals.

They offer students access to on-site and online classes for a variety of credit and non-credit programs including building conservation/restoration; Company; Information Technology; Preschool education; Engineering technology; industrial trade; Nursing / Medical Sciences; and public safety.

The college also offers the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science programs, which form the first two years of a bachelor's degree.

Tuition : $2,572

Stark State College, North Canton

Stark State College offers high quality, high quality associate degrees, certificates and professional development in a variety of student-centered learning environments.

The College is committed to lifelong learning; accessible, transferable higher education; and career success. Stark State College promotes quality of life through access, academic excellence, leadership, and business and community partnerships.

Tuition: $2,796

Clark State Community College began as a technical training program in Springfield and Clark County in 1962 to meet the technical education needs of Springfield and the surrounding area.

With campuses in Springfield, Beavercreek, Bellefontaine, and Xenia, as well as a wide variety of online classes, Clark State is just a short drive or a click away.

Our students and business customers have chosen Clark State because of our reputation for quality and customer service.

Tuition : $2,912

Columbus State Community College is the gateway to higher education in central Ohio and a leader in bringing prosperity to our region. Its mission is to educate and inspire and offer our students the opportunity to achieve their goals.

For a growing number of Buckeyes, the path to a college degree begins in Columbus. Earning here for two years and then moving on to a four-year university will get you a solid head start with students and save up to 4% on tuition fees for a bachelor's degree.

Tuition : $3,808

Central State University, Wilberforce

Central State University prides itself on an exceptional and diverse faculty that serves as talented educators, mentors, scholars and researchers who focus on training our students to knowledge skills and inclination to continue their education in graduate school or professional activities, for lifelong learning and to become leaders in their chosen profession.

The Faculty offers innovative and sophisticated instruction, conducts research, scientific and creative work, and is engaged in its profession and service to society.

Tuition: $3,926

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) opened the first public university in Ohio in 1963 and is still the oldest and largest public university in Ohio.

For over 50 years, Tri-C has been providing high quality, affordable education and programs to over 9 members00,000 of our community. Tri-C's tuition is the lowest in the state of Ohio.

Tuition: $3,953

Terra State has proudly served Louis Ohio as a leading educational institution for 50 years. We are accredited, government-supported, and offer our community members an educational experience that is both accessible and accessible.

The school prides itself on helping students achieve their goals while staying true to the public education mission of providing open access to higher education.

Tuition : $3,999

James Rhodes, Lima

Rhodes State College is a government sponsored public institution of higher education authorized to provide vocational training, non-skilled staff training, and business and industry consulting.

The college prepares students for careers, develops a regional workforce through credit and non-credit placements, and offers study programs that prepare students for undergraduate studies at selected colleges and universities.

Tuition : $4,045

Lakeland Community College, founded in 1967, was the first college in Ohio founded by the voice of the people. In line with our mission, Lakeland offers high quality learning opportunities to meet the social and economic needs of society.

College offers day, evening, weekend and online classes for over 10,800 credits and 2,800 non-graduates

Tuition : $4.136

North Central State College, Mansfield

North Central State College is a community-based public education institution serving upstate Ohio residents for two years.

The college offers high-quality technical education through more than 60 university programs and certificate programs in health sciences, companies, government departments, engineering technology, and translation options, as well as personalized staff education programs.

Tuition : $3,016

With one of the lowest tuition fees in Ohio, Sinclair is committed to providing quality education and is consistently ranked among America's best community colleges. Sinclair's nineteen-to-one student-faculty ratio is one of the lowest at any Ohio university.

Sinclair offers course schedules and options, including online, to suit your lifestyle. Credits can be easily transferred to four-year colleges and universities in Ohio and elsewhere, with over 100 university transfer agreements that make it easy to transition to advanced studies.

Tuition : $3,096

Established in 1963, Lorain County Community College helps local residents get the training and education they need to live their best lives for 50 years. Whether it's a degree, additional staff training or continuing education, we have a program to suit your needs.
LCCC is proud to serve as a cornerstone for Lorain County. The course offers students the opportunity to complete the following: bachelor's degree / associate degrees / short-term certificates / staff training. The LCCC maintains low tuition fees - currently the second highest tuition fee in Ohio - so you can graduate with the skills you need for the job and not be heavily in debt.

Tuition : $3,412

NSCC is a two-year public college accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
With this accreditation, the College may offer degree and certificate programs in the arts and sciences; allied health and community services; business technologies; industrial technologies; mathematics, science and technology and nursing.

The college also offers non-credit lessons for over 300 subjects. These courses are offered through Custom Training Solutions, a division of NSCC.

Tuition: $3,438

Eastern Gateway, a state, public, accredited institution, continues to offer choices to students from all walks of life - degree seekers, professional climbers, and knowledge seekers.

We have diplomas, certificates, programs and courses to prepare you for the transition to a four-year educational institution, immediately prepare you for work with personnel, enrich your life and broaden your horizons.

East Gate also offers enrichment for residents who are looking for unlearned courses, cultural events, or a community space for a meeting or seminar. Services vary by location.

Tuition: $3,510

The college offers over 100 degree programs and certificates in business technology, health and public safety, engineering and information technology, and the humanities and sciences.

It has one of the largest two-year joint education programs in US colleges, with more than 2,400 joint openings each year with over 600 participants. business and industrial partners.

The school has four campuses: the main campus in Clifton, the Harrison campus with Cincinnati West Airport, the Evendale campus with the Workforce Development Center, and the Middletown campus.

Tuition : $3,567

Edison State Community College is a community college in Piqua, Ohio. It was founded as Ohio's first general and technical university. The main campus of the college is located on I-75 in the historic city of Piqua, Ohio, on a 131-hectare rural plain between agricultural areas and adjacent educational institutions.

The satellite campus is located in Greenville, Ohio and offers a wide range of courses and resources for students.

Tuition : $3,610

Owens Community College, an expansive community college in Columbus, Ohio founded in 1965 to provide educational and learning opportunities to our communities.

The school offers more than 70 academic programs and certificates for students who are preparing for a career, looking to start a new career, seeking professional development opportunities, or receiving loans to transfer to a four-year university or university - some still at a high level. school.

Tuition: $3,672

Hocking College, Nelsonville

Hocking College was founded in 1968 with an emphasis on environmental science and gave students hands-on learning experience at an affordable price.

They are committed to providing an affordable all-round college learning experience with opportunities for mind, body and mental development in an inclusive environment for those seeking a relevant, experience-oriented, world-class learning experience in a caring, supportive and nurturing environment.

Tuition: $3,696

Washington State Community College (WSCC) is a two-year college in the Mid-Ohio Valley offering more than 50 certificate and associate degree programs.

The college opened its doors in 1971, and in fact the first graduating class was a rather small group of only four graduates. However, the school has grown since then and today boasts more than 10,000 alumni.

Tuition : $4,170

Southern State was one of the first colleges in Columbus, Ohio to develop an accredited transfer program and many of its students earned their first two years of education. bachelor's degree and transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Ohio and beyond.

Along with the transfer program, they offer associate degree programs in various fields of study in applied business, applied science, engineering degrees and various certificate programs.

Tuition: $4,232

Ohio Central Technical College, Newark

high-tech skills and training required to participate in the current workforce.

Tuition: $4,296

Marion Technical College, Marion

Based in Marion, Ohio, Marion Technical College has been providing quality education to local students for over 40 years.
With over 60 specializations, transfer programs, degree programs, and certificates in business, information technology, health care, and the arts and sciences, MTC allows students to graduate and progress to a four-year college.

Starting locally, MTC helps students achieve career success and save money - up to $200 per credit hour.

Tuition : $4,382


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