Toni trains as a boxer with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Enamored by their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills, and even piercing her own ears to fit in. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she also grapples with her individual identity amid a newly defined social sphere.

Shortly after joining the team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team are suffering episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. Soon, however, the girls on the team embrace these mysterious spasms, transforming them into a rite of passage. Toni fears “the fits” but is equally afraid of losing her place just when she’s found her footing. Caught between the need for control and a desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals.

The Fits screens across the UK in cinemas from February 24 2017.