Toledo Ballet remains committed to making dance accessible to as many members of our community as possible. Our outreach programs promote literacy, promote good physical fitness, celebrate creativity and personal expression, and much more. Do you know an organization that might benefit from an outreach program with TB? Please contact us!



Adaptive Dance for Children and Young Adults

with Down Syndrome

Toledo Ballet’s Toledo Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program for children and young adults allows students with Down Syndrome to experience the sheer joy of movement and music.  The program’s benefits include:  improving muscle tone, developing motor skills and balance, appreciating music and rhythm and using these skills to direct body movement, and developing emotional well-being and social skills.  Financial Scholarships are available for qualifying families thanks to a generous grant from the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Foundation of the Toledo Community Foundation.

Adaptive Dance Video Clip



Creative Movement Classes for Adults with Special Needs

Toledo Ballet offers a weekly creative movement class for individuals with developmental disabilities who are served by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Lott Industries.  This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Lott-Conlon Foundation.  Approximately 20 students participate annually.






First Steps 2015-2016_IMG_rdcdFirst Steps:  A Children’s First Dance Experience

Toledo Ballet’s signature outreach program, First Steps is a weekly dance program for underserved kindergartners which combines dance with children’s literature to promote literacy.  Thanks to generous grants from The Andersons, Inc., the Harry and Eloise Baumker Charitable Trust, and Owens Corning, Inc., Toledo Ballet brings First Steps to kindergarten classrooms at Queen of Apostles, Ella P. Stewart, Garfield and Edgewater schools. Over 150 economically disadvantaged students participate in First Steps annually.