Breaking down the barrier to ballet


Ages served: 1,271 individuals of all ages
Organizations served: Academy of Music, Prince Theater, Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Philadelphia Ballet believes that the arts should be accessible to all. In 2016, Philadelphia Ballet launched its first sensory-friendly performances for individuals with unique sensory needs and their families, striving to break down the barriers between individuals with learning, sensory, and/or social disabilities and the performing arts. By shifting expectations and demands, Philadelphia Ballet is able to share the magic of ballet with hundreds of individuals who might not have the opportunity otherwise, making the concert-going experience impactful for all.

During these special programs, individuals are given space to move around, permission to speak during the performance, and areas to decompress. Philadelphia Ballet has created pre-show Programs and Facility Guide Books for individuals and their families, designed to outline the story of ballets with visual images and provide the layout of the theaters. In partnership with Art-Reach, Philadelphia Ballet prepares and trains the house staff for the performance, making sure the experience is safe and comfortable for all involved. Philadelphia Ballet was the first resident company of the Kimmel Center to offer sensory-friendly performances.


Snow White
/ April 18, 2020 – 11:00am / Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Information & Tickets


Participants attend adapted performances of full-length story ballets at the Academy of Music and Prince Music Theater


Pre-show Programs and Facility Guide Books help individuals prepare for their trip to the theater and learn about the ballet

Funding support from
The Bergman Foundation

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