Pennsylvania Ballet & Art-Reach Partnership

The partnership between Pennsylvania Ballet and Art-Reach was formed with the purpose of providing accessible opportunities to people with disabilities and low-income communities. As such both organizations collaborate on projects that help connect such communities with the art form of ballet in a manner that is sensitive to their needs. Throughout the season, both PA Ballet and Art-Reach strive to incorporate these opportunities within Pennsylvania Ballet programming through sensory-friendly performances and special projects throughout the season. Not to be forgotten is the continued pledge of free tickets to children in homeless shelters, children born with cerebral palsy, and adults with intellectual disabilities.
 
This year Pennsylvania Ballet, with the support of Art-Reach, became the first resident company of the Kimmel Center to offer sensory friendly performances for families with children on the autism spectrum. Starting this February 2017, Saint Katherine’s Special Education School will be bringing 6 high school students to the PA Ballet studios for a 10 week rehearsal period to learn an original choreographed piece with Pennsylvania Ballet II dancers that will culminate with a performance at FringeArts on May 6th.