Experience the joy of dance in a supportive theater setting.
Our sensory-friendly performances are relaxed performances that are open to all. By “relaxed” we mean a come-as-you-are atmosphere that is perfect for families with small children or those needing any kind of additional support. It is a judgment-free zone where theater staff and patrons accept (and expect) extra sound or movement in the audience and where we celebrate the myriad ways audience members can experience a live stage performance.
At PBT we recognize that a theater performance can present a variety of barriers for many in our audience. We are striving to change that. Our sensory-friendly performances are a step toward making the excitement and beauty of a ballet performance barrier-free, accessible and welcoming to everyone in our Pittsburgh community. See you at the theater!
Sensory-Friendly Performances and Workshops
Mark your calendars for our sensory-friendly performances!
The Nutcracker – Sunday | December 17, 2023 | 4:30 p.m.
Join us for a special sensory-friendly Magic of the Nutcracker workshop at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre studios!
Kick off your holiday season with PBT’s sensory-friendly Magic of The Nutcracker. This program will feature a mini Adaptive Dance class based on the story of The Nutcracker, as well as a small performance by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre students.
Date, registration, and more information coming soon! All are welcome.
Read more for information about accommodations and logistics.
Beauty and the Beast – Sunday | February 25, 2024 | 4:30 p.m.
Experience this timeless tale about the transformative power of love, played out against the backdrop of an enchanted forest full of magical creatures.
Our sensory-friendly performances are relaxed performances that are open to all. It is a judgment-free zone where theater staff and patrons accept (and expect) extra sound or movement in the audience and where we celebrate the myriad ways audience members can experience a live stage performance. Accommodations include lower sound levels, elimination of some special effects and house lighting at about 20%. We also offer quiet areas and activities in the lobby before and during the show and have additional staff on hand to help create a safe and welcoming theater experience.
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.
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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.
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