PBT Kids

Dance offers immense mind-body benefits – from self-expression and storytelling to motor skill development and discipline – all in a fun, high-energy environment.

These programs bring kids to their feet animating stories, exploring movement and connecting dance with other concepts.

At the Library

Join us for a 30-minute up-on-your-feet introduction to a ballet story!  Learn basic ballet positions and steps and then journey into a story and its characters through movement. For boys and girls, grades Pre-K thru 5. Please contact the host library for registration.

At Phipps Conservatory

Be our guest as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Let’s Move Pittsburgh invite children ages 3 – 7 to learn ballet basics in this hour-long creative movement class celebrating PBT’s family-friendly productions. Boys and girls learn the story of the ballet, watch a brief ballet demonstration by PBT School students and try out basic ballet steps and dance moves with a costumed character and PBT instructors. Stick around after the class to snap a photo with a ballet dancer!

Programs at the Theater

Family Pointe

Bring the whole family! –  to an entertaining pre-show program designed for all ages. See costumed characters and get up on your feet and try out some steps from the ballet. A great way to get familiar with the production before the show. 1 – 1:30 p.m. at the Benedum Center. Enter the theater at the Stage Door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222.  Free; performance ticket required.

Let’s Dance Nutcracker Workshop

The best way for children to connect with a ballet performance is to dance it themselves! No dance experience is required for this fun, 50-minute class. Warm up, learn basic ballet steps and try out modified choreography from the ballet performance. Appropriate for boys and girls, ages 5 – 13. Fee: $10.00 plus cost of performance ticket. 

Scouting Programs

Bring your troop to a ballet performance, and consider kicking things off with a pre-show ballet class! No dance experience is required for this fun, 50-minute class. Warm up, learn basic ballet steps, try modified choreography and receive a customized patch. Appropriate for girl and boy scouts. Plus, groups of 10 or more (or  8 or more for The Nutcracker) enjoy discounted group ticket prices and perks. Learn more here.

Children’s Dance Classes with PBT School

Expose your children to the joy, expression and discipline of dance. PBT School’s Children’s Division offers classes that introduce kids to ballet fundamentals and musical rhythms in a fun, creative environment. Learn more about PBT School’s Children’s Division here.

Buzzword Pittsburgh

PBT is a partner in Buzzword Pittsburgh, promoting literacy and language development in young children. Check out our free Buzzword events and activities at buzzwordpgh.org.

Accessibility Programs

Adaptive Dance

Themed around classic story ballets, our adaptive dance classes are designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other sensory sensitivities. We emphasize creative movement principles and modified ballet technique within a welcoming and structured studio environment. Learn more here.

Sensory-friendly Performances

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is proud to offer sensory-friendly performances for children and adults with ASD and other sensitivity issues or special needs. Experience the joy of live dance in a supportive theater setting. Learn more here.

Community Youth Scholarship Program 

PBT created the Community Youth Scholarship program to make the company, school – and art of ballet – accessible to students and families throughout the greater Pittsburgh community. The annual program works to expose children to dance at an early age and support top-tier training for talented students who demonstrate financial need. Scholarships focus on students from ages 5 to 9 – a pivotal stage to begin ballet training. Currently 18 promising young students are receiving ballet training at PBT School through the Children’s Scholarship Program. Learn more here.

For more information about any of our programs, please email education@pittsburghballet.org or call 412-454-9109.