Sensory Friendly Nutcracker

December 13, 2018 | 1 PM | Belk Theater

Lobby opens at 11:30 AM

Charlotte Ballet will offer a sensory friendly Nutcracker performance again this year. Children, families and adults are welcome to experience the magic of the holidays at this special performance experience, specifically designed to be comfortable, inviting and safe for individuals who have sensory sensitivities.

Together with Allegro Foundation…a Champion for Children with Disabilities, Autism Speaks and InReach, Charlotte Ballet has re-worked Nutcracker for this sensory friendly performance to provide a more comfortable, inviting and safe environment to enjoy ballet. Support for Charlotte Ballet Education Programming is provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.



Tickets are $15 per person. To purchase, call 704.348.5752. 

What Makes this Nutcracker Performance Sensory Friendly?

1. Abbreviated performance length and extended intermission

2. House lights remain at half brightness and sound is controlled through recorded music

3. Entry and exit to the theater is not restricted – you may come and go as you please

4. Designated quiet areas are available

5. Charlotte Ballet dancers, staff, ushers and volunteers receive training to ensure an excellent experience for your family

>>Click here to download the Social Narrative Story for attending Nutcracker. 


On the blog

What makes sensory friendly nutcracker so special?

“One year, a mother brought her special needs child to an educational performance and stood in the back. You could tell how excited her child was for the program. He had beads in his hands and kept throwing them around because he was so happy. The other children were taken back by his appreciation for the performance so we thought, why don’t we create a special performance for these families so they don’t feel like they are interrupting others? We saw a need for our organization to fill.”

Read more as Director of Education & Community Engagement, BIANCA BONNER, shares why she thinks this performance is so special.

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