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Community Education Volunteer Opportunities

The Nutcracker School Shows Ushers – Virtual

Each year more than 13,000 Central Texas elementary school students and teachers attend Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker School Shows. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and in consideration of the safety of students and teachers, Ballet Austin will present The Nutcracker School Shows in a virtual, on-demand format this year. The mission of these shows remains the same, as we provide one act of a professional ballet performance at a minimal cost for local elementary-aged students.

2020 Virtual School Shows Schedule

  • Dec 7-11th, 2020
  • Daily viewing window for schools: 8am-3pm

During in-person performances, Ballet Austin Guild members usually greet school children at their buses, escort them to the theater for the one-hour performance by Ballet Austin, and then safely escort them back to their buses after the show.

This year, we want to take a moment to thank Ballet Austin Guild members for their dedication to serve as greeters for central Texas students over the years. We ask that you save up your enthusiasm for this program so that we can welcome students back to the theater with even more vigor next season. If you are an experienced Docent and would still like to engage with students this year directly, we ask that you consider volunteering for a Virtual Docent Q&A (see below).

If you have questions or an idea about how you may be able to help with this program during these unprecedented times, please email our School Shows Co-Chairs, Brooke Howard and Jennifer Millspaugh.

Nutcracker Docent Program

The Nutcracker Docent Program- Virtual

Each year Ballet Austin offers The Nutcracker docent program free to campuses that register for The Nutcracker School Shows to engage students in educational content and  help contextualize their experience. This year’s presentation will be delivered virtually and includes fun elements such as video excerpts and simple dance activities.

This year, volunteers will have the opportunity to be involved in two ways:

  1. By pre-recording videos that will be included in our three-series video package that will make up the Virtual Docent Presentation (this has been completed)
  2. By volunteering to visit a classroom virtually for a Q&A session with the students after they have viewed the Virtual Docent Presentation (we are currently recruiting experienced Docents for this opportunity)

The virtual presentation will be delivered to all campuses that register for The Nutcracker School Shows as a three- series video package that includes everything you need to know about:

  • The Art and Athleticism of Dance
  • Bringing a Ballet to the Stage
  • The Nutcracker Story, History and Music

The bonus Q&A session with a volunteer Docent is optional and campuses must indicate if they are interested that portion of the program when registering for The Nutcracker School Shows virtual performances. Training for these Q&A sessions will take place in late October or early November.

If you are interested in volunteering please email our Docent Co-Chairs, Rachel Morris and Lily Trieu.

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