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 performances for the 2018–2019 Vistas Season:

  • The Nutcracker, Thursday, December 20, 2018, 2:00 pm, Schuster Center
  • Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose, Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:00 pm, Schuster Center

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
Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose

We hope these pre-performance resources will help you and your family prepare for your day at the ballet. 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: Sleeping Beauty – The Story of Briar Rose

Visual Check List

Non Visual Check List