Experience the joy of dance in a supportive theater setting.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is proud to offer sensory-friendly performances for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities or other individualized needs. We have produced sensory-friendly performances since 2013; PBT was the first professional ballet company in the country to present a sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker. Other ballets in our sensory-friendly repertoire are Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan and Lew Christensen’s Beauty and the Beast.

Sensory-Friendly Performances and Workshops

Adaptive Dance Workshop at Flagstaff Hill (In-person)

Saturday, May 22 at 4 p.m

Join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Jumping Jack Theater for an in-person adaptive dance workshop. Inspired by Jumping Jack Theater’s Starshine! production, this free 30-minute workshop will emphasize creative movement for students age 6 and up.  Look for the Jumping Jack trailer at Flagstaff Hill. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged. Sign up below.

Open Air Adaptive Dance Workshop

Jumping Jack Theater’s Starshine! mobile production trailer will also be on-site and accessible to audience members May 20-23.

About Flagstaff Hill


Metered parking is available along Frew Street (free after 6 p.m.), with additional parking available in the surrounding areas (including garages on Pitt/CMU properties). Open Air patrons are kindly asked not to park in the Phipps Conservatory parking strip.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces for the event are available by Flagstaff Hill. Accessible seating, including a wheelchair-safe platform and companion seating, is available in the seated section in front of the stage.

Plan Your Experience

Tips to make your experience “sensory-friendly”

These performances feature a friendly, supportive environment for families with a loved one with special needs. Adaptations you can make at home are slight, including:

  • Lower sound levels
  • Adjust the brightness of the computer screen
  • Take breaks during recorded videos and come back at any time
  • Turn your camera off if you need a break during class
  • Have fidget objects available or nearby

It takes a village to produce a sensory-friendly production! PBT is deeply grateful for the support of our partners: Autism Connection of PA, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and our wonderful volunteers.

Contact us:

Questions about content or accommodations: accessibility@pittsburghballet.org

Learn more!

Other Programs You Might Like…
PBT also is proud to offer adaptive dance classes designed for students with special needs. Themed around classic story ballets, our adaptive dance classes emphasize creative movement principles and modified ballet technique within a welcoming and structured studio environment. Learn more here.

Watch a video about our sensory-friendly performances: