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 summer classes!

In-Person Classes at PBT studios

Mondays | June 20 – July 25, 2022 

Ages 6+ | 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

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.



Magic of Cinderella

Come dance with us! PBT’s sensory friendly Magic of Cinderella will feature a mini adaptive dance class based on the story of Cinderella as well as a small performance by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School students. Recommended for ages 6+.

Saturday, May 11| 2p.m. – 2:45p.m.

Register on MindBody here or email to learn more!

Spring Classes

In person adaptive dance classes at our PBT studio.

All classes run on Saturdays January 13 – May 11 with no class on March 30.

Ages 6+| 2p.m. – 2:45p.m.

Register on MindBody here or email to learn more!

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).