Sensory-Friendly Performances

Dayton Ballet is pleased to offer sensory-friendly performances designed especially for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities, or other special needs.

Dayton Ballet will offer two sensory-friendly performance for the 2020–2021 Celebrate Season:

Sensory-Friendly: The Nutcracker*
Friday, December 18, 2020
(*Tickets go on sale June 2020)

Sensory-Friendly: Ballet from Beginning to End*
Saturday, February 13, 2021
(*Tickets go on sale June 2020)


What makes these performances sensory-friendly? Our sensory-friendly performances feature a supportive, judgment-free environment with relaxed theater rules. Adaptations to our sensory-friendly performances include the following:

  • • Dimmed house lights (30% brightness during the entire performance)
  • • Lower sound levels
  • • Elimination of startling special effects and lighting
  • • Relaxed theater rules—freedom to get up, move around, and come and go as you desire
  • • Designated quiet areas
  • • Ushers available throughout the Schuster Center to assist patrons
  • • Trained and informed dancers, staff, ushers, and other volunteers to ensure a memorable experience for you and your family

Pre-Performance Resources
The Nutcracker

We hope these pre-performance resources will help you and your family prepare for your day at the ballet. Please check back here as this section is updated. Please contact Ruth Reveal, Director of Education, if you have any questions regarding Sensory-Friendly performances, [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Social Narrative

Sequence of Events

Visual Check List

Non Visual Check List

Video – Schuster Center Walk-Through