North Pointe Ballet is committed to bringing classical ballet to all types of families in Northeast Ohio and most especially those in the special needs community by giving them an opportunity to engage in live arts experiences in their own communities at our sensory-friendly performances.
NPB’s sensory-friendly performances include accommodations designed to meet the unique needs of families with individuals who have extrasensory needs. These accommodations include:
- reduction of loud jarring sounds and strobe lighting,
- accommodated house rules thatallow audience members to talk and move
- about during the performance,
- extra staff/volunteer support,
- and a designated “take a break” space where sensory needs can be fulfilled while others can still enjoy the performance.
One performance of every story ballet run is a dedicated sensory-friendly presentation. This includes two productions of The Nutcracker – one in Lorain County and one in Cuyahoga County – and one production of a story ballet, such as Cinderella and Peter Pan, every spring.
By the Numbers
With a mission to ensure that all members of the community have access to high-quality ballet performance regardless of their needs, NPB provides sensory-friendly performances to welcome those with special needs and their families and also raises funds to provide tickets to under served members of our community.
Come join North Pointe Ballet for a performance! The social stories below are designed to give our sensory-friendly audience members an overview of what it will be like to attend a performance at the theaters where we perform. We hope you’ll find these helpful in preparing for your visit to the ballet!