Nels Ross’ gravity-defying arts-in-education programs promote character education, wellness, math, science, reading, and fun!

Nels provides several popular performances that blend physical theater, variety arts, humor, music, and a theme. Teachers, students, and others consistently give these programs rave reviews. Study guides provide curriculum connections for the arts, language, physical education, social studies, math, and science. Also, programs can include workshops and be adapted to highlight specific goals or concepts.

Nels Ross is a highly sought after performer and presenter who has won the hearts of American and international audiences through his shows, keynotes, and more. He went to his first performing arts workshops at eight years old. During the next decade, he studied physical comedy, juggling, acting, and other arts, applying his talents everywhere from street festivals to theatrical productions.

Since those early days, Nels has studied theater at the University at Buffalo, completed degrees in mathematics and education, toured with a non-profit circus, trained with instructors from Ringling Brothers and Cirque du Soleil, written for Juggle magazine, taught many performing arts courses and workshops, and provided shows and presentations for countless schools, companies, organizations, and events.

 

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Theater

Programs

Juggling & Life Skills Playshop

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Combine hands-on playshops with any performance to help participants develop coordination, confidence, self-discipline, and other life skills through age-appropriate activities. Props may include feathers, scarves, beanbags, rings, clubs, sticks, spinning plates, and Chinese yo-yos. Playshops appeal to different intelligences and improve tracking, motor, and sequencing skills used in reading, writing, math, and science.

$230 with a same-day performance, $340 without performance.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Adult
Audience Limit:
50
Workshop cost (back to back):
$340.00

Evening Program

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Any program by In Jest with Nels Ross is available to be booked as an evening performance; regular fees apply. Evening performances booked WITH a full-price daytime program are available at a reduced rate of $530 for a single and $715 for a back-to-back!
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Adult
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$850.00

Professional Development: Build Net Mirth

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An entertaining exploration of ''play for grown-ups.'' Nels demonstrates how humor and play can serve as effective tools to help parents, educators, and other working professionals. Used properly, these tools can enhance: wellness, morale, motivation, learning, creativity, leadership, communication, relationships, team building, and productivity. Available as a one- to two-hour program for in-service training, conferences, and corporate events.
Grade Level:
Adult-Adult
Performance cost (back to back):
$850.00

The Greatest Show on Mirth

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Perfect for the holidays, family fun nights, end of the year, and other celebrations, this mirthful (i.e. joyful) show conveys the value of laughter and play, and how everyone can help make the world a better place.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Adult
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$850.00

Science Circus

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Nels and his special guest, The Professor, demonstrate math and science principles through circus skills. Participants will be amazed and amused as they learn about forces, energy, motion, and more.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-6
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$850.00

Read to Achieve

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This upbeat performance celebrates reading because ''the more you read, the more you know; and the more you know, the more you grow.'' Nels shares how reading can be the beginning of a journey to wherever you want to go!
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-6
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$850.00

High on Life

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With an emphasis on wellness, this uplifting performance promotes healthy choices that develop body, mind, and character. It incorporates age-appropriate messages on nutrition, exercise, hygiene, substance abuse, and ''joy-full'' living.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-12
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$850.00

Possibilities

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Nels models and addresses principles of good character throughout this fun-filled, motivational performance. It can be tailored to focus on issues such as attitude, excellence, respect, responsibility, bullying, and life choices.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-12
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$850.00