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Endowed by Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham through the Ballet Austin Foundation


Each year more than 13,000 Central Texas elementary school students and teachers attend Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker School Shows. The mission of these shows is to provide one act of a live ballet performance in a large theater at a minimal cost for local elementary-aged students. To enhance this live ballet experience, we also offer The Nutcracker Docent Program, an optional in-school pre-performance educational program geared towards 3rd graders that includes engaging activities for the classroom.

  • Admission is limited to elementary school students only (Kindergarten through 5th grade) and their teachers and chaperones. No siblings younger or older than elementary age may attend. Chaperones must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Your group must have a minimum of 10 students and one teacher.
  • For student safety, all teachers and chaperones attending The Nutcracker School Shows must have a school ID or ID sticker from the school, and be present to help escort students to and from the theater. All other adults will not be allowed to enter the theater.
  • Individual tickets will not be sold for these performances. All tickets must be purchased through the school and all individuals must be included in the school’s attendance numbers. No tickets will be sold at the theater on performance days.
  • All reservations must be confirmed by Ballet Austin. After you submit this completed registration form, you will receive a confirmation and invoice with your attendance and payment information.

Ticket Prices (for one act of the ballet)

Minimum group size is 10 elementary-aged students.

  • $5 per student
  • $4 per student for Title I Schools

Includes all teachers, administrators & chaperones.

  • 1 free adult chaperone per every 22 students
  • Additional chaperones are $25 each

Chaperone Policy: For the safety of the students, any chaperones without a school ID or ID sticker from the school will not be allowed into the theater. Chaperones who do not arrive in the school’s vehicle will not be allowed to enter the theater unless the school notifies us ahead of time that chaperones are arriving separately and have already been counted in the seating totals.

Registration & Payment Deadlines

NOTE: Registration for 2019 performances is closed. Please check back here for information about The Nutcracker School Shows in December 2020.


2019 Registration Schedule:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 4: Registration opens for 3rd-grade students at 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 9: Registration opens for all other elementary grade levels and mixed levels groups.
  • Friday, Oct. 25: Registration closes, and all registration changes are due. Attendance numbers are sent to the theater for seating on this date. If you submit changes after this date we cannot guarantee that your school will be seated together. Any changes submitted after this date that result in additional charges must be paid immediately with the school’s credit card.
  • Friday, Nov. 1: All payments due. If your school’s payment is not received by this date, your School Shows spot may go to another school.
  • Monday, Dec. 2: All outstanding payments due by 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 9: If your school’s payment is not received by this time, a $20 late fee per week will be added to your balance beginning on this date.

You will need the following information ready to provide when you sign up:

  • The grade level(s) of students attending the show
  • Total # of students attending
  • Total # of adults attending (this includes all teachers, aides, and any other adults necessary for chaperoning students during the show)
  • Number of classrooms attending
  • Title I status for your campus
  • Preferred date and time of school show and any dates that you cannot attend due to other conflicts
  • Number of students attending with special needs and their type of needs (Visual, Behavioral, Wheelchair, Hearing, etc)
  • Whether you will arrive in buses or cars
  • School contact information
  • Whether you would like to request a docent to visit your school beforehand. Please scroll down to read more about our free Docent Program

Payment Options:

For more information please contact Community Education Administrator Cassidy Schulze by email or call 512.476.9151 ext. 158.

Nutcracker Docent Program

The Nutcracker Docent Program


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

Our multi-media Docent presentation fits neatly into one 45-minute class period. It meets 3rd 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, the Ballet Austin 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.

Requesting the Docent Presentation for Your School


The availability of docent presentations is limited and all requests should be submitted in conjunction with your school’s The Nutcracker School Shows registration.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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