Roxey Ballet Presents Sensory Friendly Adaptation of CINDERELLA
Roxey Ballet's Sensory-Friendly "Cinderella" Welcomes Families with Special Needs.
On May 6, Roxey Ballet will present a Sensory-Friendly performance of 'Cinderella'. This relaxed performance will provide a friendly, supportive environment for families with a loved one with special needs.
"We want to make sure we are always connecting and building bridges to all parts of our community. We are excited to create these types of access opportunities for people living with autism to participate in a way that makes dance more accessible and enjoyable to them", says Mark Roxey, Founding Director of Roxey Ballet.
Roxey Ballet's 'Cinderella' is a favorite fairy tale for audiences of all ages and promises to be a shining example of the magic of dance. This year's cast features young artists across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, who perform alongside the company's roster of world-class artists.
Adaptations to the performance include lower sound levels, elimination of special effects and special lighting, and house lights on at about 50%. Additionally, patrons will be free to get up, move around, and leave as needed.
In the lobby, there will be quiet areas and activity areas. Fidget objects and earplugs will be available. All staff, dancers, ushers, and volunteers are specially trained for this performance and will be scattered throughout the theater to assist and direct audience members as needed.
Last season, Roxey Ballet performed their first sensory-friendly production of the holiday classic, 'Nutcracker'. "Studies have shown that theatre experiences increase social skills for students with autism. Our sensory-friendly performance allows everyone to experience ballet in a comfortable, nurturing, and accepting environment," says Hailey Glover, Director of Education and Outreach.
The sensory-friendly "Cinderella" will be held on May 6th, 2017 at 1 PM at The College of New Jersey's Kendall Theater.