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 and are limited to 15 students. Live music/percussion accompanies each class. Caregivers may observe and/or participate in classes if they wish.

Fall Classes

Check back for more information regarding virtual classes for Fall 2020.  

Questions? Email

Summer Classes

Saturdays | June 27 – August 1, 2020 | 11 a.m.

For students age 6 and up.  All classes will be held on Zoom.  Each student that registers for the entire semester will also receive an adaptive dance kit to bring even more of the studio experience to their home.

Cost:  $5 / class or $25 for all six!

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.  A Zoom link will be emailed out the Friday before each class.


Questions about the class or registration, 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).