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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

Mark your calendars for a sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker

December 17, 2021 | 2p.m.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is proud to offer a sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker for children and adults with ASD and other sensory sensitivities, different abilities, or special needs. Read more for information about accommodations and logistics.

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Virtual sensory-friendly Afternoon of Enchantment workshop

Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 2p.m. on Zoom

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 based on the story of The Nutcracker, as well as activities from some of our local friends. All are welcome. Register here and a Zoom link will be emailed to you one hour prior to the workshop.

Virtual Sensory-friendly Afternoon of Enchantment 2021

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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

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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: