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Artist Spotlight: Nels Ross Cremean from InJest (Touring from Western New York Young Audiences Affiliate)

Nels Ross Cremean is a sought after performer, speaker, and oddball who has won the hearts of American and international audiences. His uplifting arts-in-education programs promote character, wellness, learning, and joy. Applying his Masters in Education and performing arts background, including training with instructors from UB Theatre & Dance and Cirque du Soleil, Nels presents assembly programs that blend physical theater, variety arts, music, humor, and a theme. He also offers playshops, residencies, and student and staff development. Study guides provide curriculum connections, and programs can be customized to highlight specific goals or concepts.




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For almost 55 years, Young Audiences of Rochester (YA) has been the premier provider of arts learning experiences in the Greater Rochester region. One of 30 self-supporting affiliates in the national Young Audiences, Inc. network, YA is the catalyst and connection to practicing, professional teaching artists that deliver artistically excellent, academically relevant and educationally effective art programs.


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