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Beginning September 9, 2023: Free Virtual Introductory Ballet Classes for Adults Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired

Dancers who are blind or visually impaired can “explore new boundaries of movement and expression” through participation in Dark Room Ballet programs. A new cycle of introductory classes begins September 9, 2023 and runs for eight Saturdays from 4 to 6 pm Eastern Time (ET). Students do not need to have any prior knowledge of ballet to sign up. These introductory level classes are held as a scholarship program for new students who are blind or have low vision. For the upcoming series, the due date for scholarship applications is September 5, 2023. Sessions will cover the most common “ballet vocabulary” to prepare for participation in the program’s “Open Level Dark Room Ballet Class.” Students will learn about “anatomical concepts” such as foot sensitivity and mobility, balancing without sight, and the use of auditory input and tape on a floor for orientation. Hosted by Movement Research, Dark Room Ballet is geared specifically to the educational needs of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The Dark Room Ballet curriculum is based on ballet training from the Royal Academy of Dance and Butoh as well as classical Japanese dance training. The instructor, Krishna Washburn, is a blind ballet dancer and teacher. Classes are held via the Zoom platform and are also available via phone call. Find out additional details here for the Introductory Level Ballet Classes – Dark Room Ballet with Krishna Washburn and learn more here about the Dark Room Ballet Intro Level Scholarship Program. To register, send an email message to [email protected] to begin the intake process.