Adaptive Dance

Designed for students with autism spectrum disorders or other sensory sensitivities.

We emphasize creative movement principles and modified ballet technique in a welcoming and structured studio environment. Classes are taught by PBT School instructors experienced in adaptive dance with limited space available. Live music/percussion accompanies each class. Caregivers may observe and/or participate in classes if they wish.


Spring Workshops

Join us for two special adaptive dance workshops each incorporating it’s own theme and story to and adaptive dance class!  Both classes will be 30 minutes on Zoom designed for students ages 6 and up.

Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10am featuring the book Dancing in My Bones!

Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1pm featuring Sleeping Beauty!

Register for one or both classes below!

Adaptive Dance Workshops Spring 2021

Registration will close one hour prior to the start of each class. A Zoom link will be sent out to the email provided one hour prior to the start of class.
  • Price: $5.00 Quantity:
  • American Express
  • $0.00

Questions or other accommodations, please email

Winter Classes

Fridays | January 15 – March 19, 2021 | 4:30-5pm

All adaptive dance classes during the winter session will be with an ASL interpreter.

Cost: $5/class or $45 for all 10

To register: Click on the link below. You will be asked to create an account in our registration system. Then go to the date of the class you’d like to attend and select the class. If this is your first class you’ll be able to select the complimentary class option.


Questions? Email


Try out one of our classes from Facebook Live here!

Adaptive Dance Live

It's time for Adaptive Dance on Facebook Live! Students of all ages and abilities can explore creative movement principles and simplified ballet technique in ways that promote body awareness, coordination and communication for every type of learner.

Posted by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on Saturday, April 11, 2020

What to Expect for Virtual Classes

  • Classes will use elements of ballet and creative movement that focus on patterning, proprioception and artistic discovery.
  • Once class begins, all students will be muted to better hear the instructor.
  • You have the ability to “pin” the instructor in Zoom to better see their screen.  If you have questions about this, ask the instructor at the beginning of class
  • It may be helpful to have a chair, table, or barre nearby if the student needs any help with balance.
  • Students are welcome to sit if they need a break. They may exit the room with supervision if they need a break from class.
  • Students should wear athletic wear, dance attire or any clothing that allows easy movement. Socks or dance slippers are recommended.

For More Information

Take a look at our pre-visit story and visual vocabulary to get ready for class at PBT!

If you have questions, please contact or 412-454-9128.

In the News

Check out the article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and “On Stage: Exploring Ballet in a New Way” in CrossCurrents by Jane Vranish (scroll to the Jan. 15, 2015 entry).