Docent Program

The Nutcracker

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 dance
  • dance shoes
  • ballet costumes
  • the athleticism of dance
  • the life of professional dancers
  • the history of The Nutcracker
  • the story of The Nutcracker
  • proper theater etiquette
Docent Program
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Our multi-media Docent presentation fits neatly into one 45-minute class period. It meets 3rd and 4th grade TEKS for Fine Arts, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, and includes fun elements such as video excerpts, simple dance activities, real pointe shoes and ballet slippers, actual costumes from past productions, and a Q&A session during which your students can have all of their questions answered! The Docent program is offered only to those schools attending The Nutcracker School Shows as the pre-performance educational component to those shows.

Ballet Austin and its Guild and volunteers have been providing this free in-school educational program for students throughout Central Texas for more than 25 years. The Docent program will help make a field trip to the ballet a meaningful and enjoyable educational experience for Central Texas students and educators.

Information for schools requesting Docents:

  • Docent requests should be submitted in conjunction with your school's The Nutcracker School Shows registration.
  • Availability is limited. We will do our best to fill your request.
  • Schools must reserve a minimum of 45 minutes for a Docent presentation.
  • Docent requests are accepted for Central Texas schools within a 30-minute drive of Austin city limits.
  • Teachers must be present in the classroom during the Docent presentation in order to help with equipment and maintain discipline.
  • Teachers are responsible for insuring that the classroom and equipment are ready for the Docent presentation prior to the arrival of the Docent.
  • Preferred equipment for the multi-media Docent presentation is a computer with PowerPoint capabilities and a CD-rom drive, a projector connected to the computer, and speakers for the computer. An overhead transparency 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 transparency projector.

Information for volunteering as a Docent:

  • Please sign up here to volunteer as a Docent. Note that background checks are required by most schools.
Questions? Contact Pei-San Brown, Community Education Director, at pei-san.brown@balletaustin.org or 512.476.9151 ext. 178.
 
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