News / Announcements

Dark Room Ballet Introductory Classes for Blind and Visually Impaired Adults — New Cycle Begins Saturday, September 9th!

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Beginning Saturday, September 9th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (New York Time)

NOTE: Sponsored by Movement Research, this class is designed specifically for the educational needs of blind and visually impaired adults.

About Saturday Introductory Level Class:

This is a FREE class!

This class is suitable for people with no prior knowledge of ballet. This repeating series of eight classes introduces students to the most common ballet vocabulary that they would need to know in order to participate in Open Level Dark Room Ballet Class. The class introduces students to necessary anatomical concepts like turnout, torso stability, foot sensitivity and mobility, sightless balancing, and the use of a taped floor for orientation.

Classes take place each Saturday online via the Zoom platform; there is also the option to call in via phone.

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If you are a blind or visually impaired person who has never considered studying ballet before (maybe because you worry about your balance or your body awareness), come and study in the Dark Room! 

Balance and body awareness are learnable skills for blind and vision people, and ballet taught in the blind-specific tradition is probably the most efficient way to learn them. 

Master your body and balance with calm and confidence in a way that is meant for your own educational needs.




Please note that Dark Room Ballet Introductory Level Classes now operate as a scholarship program for new blind and low-vision students.

Learn more about the Dark Room Ballet Intro Level Scholarship Program

If you are a blind or visually impaired individual interested in learning ballet remotely, you MUST contact us by no later than September 5th, so you can complete the intake process to register for this class.


The next Intro Level cycle begins on Saturday, September 9th, 2023.

To register, email to begin the intake process.

You can also reach Dark Room Ballet by phone at (929) 367-0025

(If you have recently contacted us, we have received your message.)

  • If you have some ballet experience, you may also qualify to join the ongoing Dark Room Ballet: Open Level Class on Monday nights; please contact us if you are interested.
  • Returning students are welcome to re-join intro level classes, as well as encouraged to join Dark Room Ballet: Open Level Class. Please let us know if you would like to re-join intro class as a returning student.
  • If you work with an organization that serves blind or visually impaired people, please share this information with people who may be interested in registering for this class.
  • If you are NOT a blind or visually impaired student, you may qualify to join the ongoing Dark Room Ballet: Open Level Class on Monday nights on a select basis; please get in touch with us to explain your interest.

Other Classes in the Dark Room

In addition to online Introductory and Open Level ballet classes for blind and visually impaired adults, Krishna often teaches workshops on related topics open to everyone, including anatomy, improvisation and audio description.

Learn more about past and upcoming online workshops: Dark Room Ballet Workshops

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Dark Room Ballet with Krishna Washburn
Introductory Ballet
For Blind and Low-Vision Adults
(no prior knowledge required)
Starting Sept 9th
8 Saturdays
4 PM to 6 PM (New York Time)
All Dark Room Ballet classes and workshops take place online via Zoom –
visit or LINK IN BIO for more info!

News / Announcements

Telephone Film at Theater for the New City — August 15th at 7 PM

The next screening of the Telephone Film will be taking place IN-PERSON at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan on Tuesday, August 15th at 7 PM  (Eastern Time)

As a member of the wider Dark Room Ballet community, we would like to invite you to this IN-PERSON screening hosted by the Theater for the New City, which describes the event as follows:

Telephone Film is a disability arts film project bringing awareness to audio description for dance, an art form that allows blind and visually impaired people to be fully included in the joy of artistic expression.

Telephone showcases audio description as an art form in its own right, while also providing an immersive sensory experience for audience members of all sight levels. 

The screendance documentary is the first of its kind, featuring diverse disabled and non-disabled artists who have come together to prove that: dance is visceral, not merely visual.

Join us at Theater for the New City to experience the forty-five minute film, followed by a talkback with the co-directors, Dark Room Ballet Founder Krishna Washburn (who will join virtually) and choreographer/filmmaker Heather Shaw.

Both co-directors will answer your questions and share about the filmmaking process, the future of anti-ableism in the arts, and more!

The film includes audio description, American Sign Language and open captions. ASL Interpretation will also be included in the Q & A portion of the event.

To attend this IN-PERSON film screening:

Tickets are $20 each (plus a $3 convenience fee)

Once you purchase a ticket online, you will receive a confirmation from the Theater for the New City, as well as access to the Telephone FilmGoer Guide online.

Buy tickets at the link:

Please note:

  • This event will begin at 7:00 PM (Eastern/New York Time) in-person at Theater for the New City in Manhattan.

  • If you need accessibility assistance with ticket purchases, let us know and we will do our best to help.

    • For other questions regarding the event or the Theater for the New City, contact them directly by phone at: (212) 254-1109

  • If you cannot attend this screening, there will be future screening events that you will be able to join! 

More information on future screenings will be available in the coming weeks and months, and we will keep you updated as it becomes available.

Thanks for your support of Dark Room Ballet and the Telephone Film!