Nels Ross’ gravity-defying school assemblies and programs promote character education, wellness, math, science, reading, and JOY. His elementary, middle, and high school assembly programs blend physical theater, variety arts, and humor to rave reviews.
From his start in central and western New York, Nels has gone on to uplift students and staff alike in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, and beyond, with 2,000+ arts-in-education programs over 20+ years.
Applying his unique background, including a Masters in Education and training with instructors from UB Theatre & Dance and Cirque du Soleil, Nels engages and inspires audiences. Content and study guides provide connections to the arts, language, reading, math, science, history, character education, and physical education.
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School Assembly Programs
This energizing and inspirational performance highlights character education issues, such as respect and responsibility, and the principle that every person has value and potential.
💡 Can focus on anti-bullying or diversity for Olweus and similar initiatives. (K-12) Study Guide
High on Life
An uplifting assembly promoting healthy choices which develop body, mind, and character, with age-appropriate messages on nutrition, exercise, substance abuse, and “joy-full” living.
💡 Supports Red Ribbon Week, wellness, and drug/alcohol awareness. (K-12) Study Guide
Explore math and science principles including forces, energy, and motion through juggling, bouncing, acrobatics, spinning plates, and more.
💡 Designed to reinforce STEM and STEAM initiatives. (K-6) Study Guide | News Article
Read to Achieve
Get pumped up to “read, know, and grow” on a journey to wherever we want to go, through this upbeat and laughter-filled performance.
💡 A great kick off or complement to PARP, RIF, and related reading programs. (K-6) Study Guide
The Greatest Show on Mirth
A side-splitting, gravity-defying celebration of laughter and play, and how each of us can help bring “mirth” or joy to the world.
💡 Perfect for holidays, family fun nights, end of the year, and more. (All Ages) Study Guide
Workshops & Residencies
Juggling & Life Skills Playshops
Participants join in age-appropriate juggling and related activities with peacock feathers, scarves, beanbags, or other props. These activities develop life skills such as self-discipline, along with parts of the brain used in reading, writing, math, and science.
💡 Book with assemblies, separately, through PE, after school, etc. (K-12) More Benefits
Juggling for Success Residency
Combine assemblies and playshops for a one-day to five-day residency that teaches juggling and life skills, and encourages positive decision making. Add “Family Juggling Night” to involve the whole school community.
💡 Can be coordinated with PE and parent-teacher goals. (K-6) Study Guide | Info Packet
Student & Staff Development
Interactive one- to two-hour programs for student & staff development, conferences, training, etc.
Leadership: It’s What You Do Do
Employing his contagious sense of humor and playfulness, Nels shares with secondary students how every person has potential to demonstrate leadership and the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others. (7-12)
Building Net Mirth
An entertaining exploration of “play for grown-ups.” Nels models the laughter-learning connection, and staff learn ways to apply humor and play as effective tools to reduce stress and enhance joy, health, and productivity. Info & Online Video «NEW
F P Donnelly School“thanks for bringing so much joy!”
Riverview Elementary School“five stars!… positive message”
Cattaraugus-Little Valley School“such an inspirational performer”
Dodge Road Elementary School“great stressbuster… hands down the best”
Geneseo Elementary School“absolutely fabulous!”
Corning Museum of Glass
Ben Franklin Middle School“awesome message and skills”
Griffith Institute Middle School“the message was invaluable!”
Cosgrove Middle School“entertaining and effective… you rock!!!”
North Rose-Wolcott High School“rave reviews from faculty and students”
Our Lady of Mercy High School“we are in awe of your talent!”
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
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