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Ballet Austin Education

Ballet Austin Education

Ballet Austin acknowledges the arts and arts education as essential elements in the educational process necessary for the intellectual and social development of all humans. Ballet Austin is committed to offering educators resources and opportunities to provide young people with arts experiences,

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The Nutcracker Docent Program


Program description

Just prior to The Nutcracker School Shows, Ballet Austin Guild members and other volunteer Docents visit schools to help students learn more about dance and professional ballet dancers, including topics and materials such as:

  • The History of Ballet
  • Dancers as Artists & Athletes
  • The Life of Professional Dancers
  • Dance Shoes
  • Ballet Costumes
  • The History, Music & Story of The Nutcracker



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Program Detail

Bilingual: Yes
Available dates:

Requesting the Docent Presentation for Your School

Availability of Docent Presentations is limited and all requests should be submitted in conjunction with your school’s The Nutcracker School Shows registration. Docent presentations are available starting the second week of November and running through the School Shows performance dates.

Available times:

Timing request are submitted by the schools in conjunction with your school’s  The Nutcracker School Shows registration. Scheduling is coordinated directly between the teacher and volunteer Docent in the weeks leading up to The Nutcracker School Shows.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Schools must reserve a minimum of 45 minutes for a Docent Presentation.
  • Teachers must be present in the classroom during the Docent Presentation in order to help with equipment and maintain discipline.
Length of program: 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Teachers are responsible for insuring that the classroom and equipment are ready for the Docent Presentation prior to the arrival of the Docent.

Required equipment for the multi-media Docent Presentation:

  • A computer with PwerPoint capabilities
  • A projector connected to the computer
  • Speakers for the computer
  • A CD player
  • An overhead camera projector is required as backup for all Docent Presentations
  • If your school does not have PowerPoint capabilities, the Docent can give the presentation using the overhead camera projector

Docent requests are accepted for Central Texas schools within a 30-minute drive of Austin city limits.

Fees / Ticketing:

Docent presentations are provided at no cost to schools that have registered for The Nutcracker School Shows in that same school year.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes




The Austin Creative Alliance is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department's Cultural Arts Division and by grants from Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art. The Creative Alliance also receives generous in-kind support from CreateAustin, and Time Warner Cable News. We are also grateful for the ongoing support and participation of our members and patrons.


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