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 in a welcoming and structured studio environment. Classes are taught by PBT School instructors experienced in adaptive dance and are limited to 15 students. Live music/percussion accompanies each class. Caregivers may observe and/or participate in classes if they wish.

New Summer Session to begin on June 1, 2019!

For six weeks in the summer of 2019, Adaptive Dance will meet in the new Museum Lab building on the campus of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

  • Ages 6 – 12 at 1:45 p.m.
  • Ages 13 – 21 at 2:45 p.m.

Cost: $40 / semester.

Register Here!

What to Expect

  • Classes will use elements of ballet and creative movement that focus on patterning, proprioception and artistic discovery.
  • Students are welcome to sit on the “relax mat” if they need a break or may exit the room with supervision if they need a break from class.
  • Students should wear moveable clothing, athletic wear or dance attire with socks or ballet shoes.
  • Students may bring water bottles to class is they desire, but there is a water fountain on site.


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).