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.

Fireside Nutcracker Virtual Workshops

Adaptive Dance the Story 

Ballet fans of all ages are invited to a holiday exploration of dance and movement. Join PBT’s Adaptive Dance team to learn basic ballet steps and movement concepts through the storyline and characters of Nutcracker.
Each class is $5 and 30 minutes in length.

Friday, November 20, 2020 at 4:30pm

Friday, December 18, 2020 at 5pm

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Afternoon of Enchantment

Kick off your holiday season with a virtual version of PBT’s sensory-friendly Afternoon of Enchantment! The program will feature a mini Adaptive Dance class, as well as visits from our friends at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. All are welcome.  This workshop is $5 and 1 hour and 30 minutes in length.  

Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 1pm

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Winter Classes

Check back for more information regarding virtual classes for Winter 2021.  

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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).