Colorado Ballet presents Sensory Friendly Performance

February 14, 2020

Families are invited to enjoy a night of ballet in an adapted, low-sensory theater environment

DENVER, CO (February 14, 2020) – Colorado Ballet will present its third Sensory Friendly Performance for people with sensory processing disorders, autism or other developmental disabilities at Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater on Saturday, February 22 from 5:00 - 6:00PM.

Children can attend the event for free and tickets for adults are only $5. Patrons are encouraged to secure their seats now.

“We have had a hard time taking in these types of cultural events, and we are so very grateful that [Colorado Ballet] is making an effort to include those in the disability and sensory community! I can’t thank you enough!” –Sensory Friendly Performance Attendee

Families are invited to enjoy a night of ballet in an adapted, low-sensory theater environment. Performance adaptations include:

  • Lower sound levels
  • Dimmed house lighting
  • A sensory break space in the lobby
  • Sensory toys available for use in the theater
  • Pre-visit social story
  • Relaxed house rules allowing patrons to speak, stand up and walk around

At the end of the performance, audience members will have a chance to try some dance moves on stage with our dancers, as well as to take photos.

The audience will experience history in movement as Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company dancers perform excerpts from ballets based on folk tales and literary classics in a performance entitled From the Page to the Stage. The dancers will also perform excerpts from Colorado Ballet’s 2019/2020 season: Don Quixote, The Nutcracker and Peter Pan.

A pre-visit social story is available for attendees to review before the performance.

This special event at Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater is hosted by the Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement Department. The team offers programs that engage students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners in Colorado throughout the year. Colorado Ballet's community engagement programs make more than 35,000 contacts each year in 300 schools and organizations. Learn all about Colorado Ballet’s Education & Community Engagement Department.

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This event is sponsored by Developmental Pathways and in partnership with Autism Society of Colorado and Autism Society of Boulder.


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Tickets available at COLORADOBALLET.ORG or by phone at 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Presenting exceptional classical ballet and innovative contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement, Colorado Ballet continues to inspire and grow an increasingly diverse audience base in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 59 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company, Colorado Ballet presents more than 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 32 professional dancers and 21 studio company dancers come from all over the world. Colorado Ballet’s The Armstrong Center for Dance, a 35,000 square foot building, boasts eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet performs classical ballet masterpieces, full-length story ballets and its critically-acclaimed repertory production Ballet MasterWorks, featuring varied works from neoclassical ballets to world premieres. For more information please visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG.