In addition to our annual run of The Nutcracker at the Long Center, our dancers also perform in “school shows” for elementary school students.
As part of Ballet Austin’s educational programming, volunteer Docents visit 100 schools throughout central Texas each season to provide students with an educational presentation about dance and The Nutcracker as a precursor to attending the shows. The Docent Program is an invaluable educational tool for our community.
Below is a note from Deb Haas on the joys of being a Nutcracker docent AND an Academy parent:
Perhaps you’d like an opportunity to do more than simply drive to and from rehearsals for the next couple of months. If so, I hope you will consider being a volunteer Nutcracker docent, and help the Ballet Austin Guild bring the joy of The Nutcracker to school children throughout the Central Texas area.
My daughter, Miriam, loved The Nutcracker from the first time she saw it (she was 4) and told me then that dancing in The Nutcracker was “her dream”. Well, all her dreams have come true – she will be making her ninth appearance in the production this season, as a rat, which means she has danced virtually every Academy role from angel on up. For all those years, my role has been driver and docent.
As much as Miriam loves dancing, being a docent is hands down my favorite part of The Nutcracker. There is something so special and fulfilling about the opportunity to bring an art form I love to students, who often, have never seen a live ballet performance. For my presentations, I rely on the wonderful materials provided by Ballet Austin’s Community Education Director, Pei-San Brown. In addition to the presentation itself, each docent receives a bag chock full of props including, of course, a Nutcracker.
Docent training and presentations take place in November and early December before students attend the school shows at the Long Center. Soup to nuts, being a docent won’t take more than 8 hours out of your busy holiday schedule – and it means so much to our community. I hope you can join us.
Nutcracker Docent Co-Chair
Training for Nutcracker docents begins Nov 1. Want to get involved? Find our more or sign up here.