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.

Fall Classes

In person adaptive dance classes at our PBT studio.

All classes run on Saturdays September 23 – December 16 with no class on October 7 or November 25.

Ages 6+| 2p.m. – 2:45p.m.

Register on MindBody here or email to learn more!


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 In-Person Classes

  • Classes will use elements of ballet and creative movement that focus on patterning, proprioception and artistic discovery.
  • Parents/caregivers are asked to wait outside the building following PBT Covid protocols.  If accommodations are needed, please email and we are happy to assist!
  • 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).