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.


Winter Classes

We are thrilled to be back in person for all of our winter classes!

In-Person Classes at PBT studios

Saturdays | January 29 – April 9, 2022 

Ages 6-11 | 2pm-2:45pm

Ages 12 and up | 3pm-3:45pm

Cost: $5/class

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.


Please email to learn how to sign up for in-person classes!

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).