An Unexpected Teachable Moment at Universoul Circus


The circus is a timeless tradition for me, I don’t remember a year in my childhood that I didn’t go. Whether it was from my family, school, church–I went to see the circus at least once and some years there were multiple visits!

This year we decided to visit the Universoul Circus and it was only 15 minutes away and it has classically been my favorite of them all! I bought my tickets early so we would have the best seats as I know the circus is extremely interactive with the crowd. Unlike shows like Disney On Ice and Ringling Brothers, the acts come into the crowd and entertain us very much in person. I had no idea that picking those great seats would land me in the middle of the circus ring. More on that later!


The Universoul Circus is very different from all other circuses. First there is the music, they intro with soca songs which got the crowd jumping. Then they play lots of old school and current songs that are so fun! The cast is very diverse and when you attend this circus you feel like you are a part of the show immediately.

The boys were crazy excited to watch, there were several points during  the show where they encouraged the kids to get up and dance, of course this is what we do at home everyday so we didn’t need any push to get our groove on :)


In addition to the intimate feel of the circus, the acts were just as impressive as the bigger circuses. Here are some of my favorite pictures:

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Getting in the ring

It might have been the fact that I had great seats, or maybe it was my crazy pants, or maybe I attract crazy–but the ring master chose 4 random people from the audience to be a part of the show. I was the only girl! They put the spotlight on me and encouraged the crowd to applaud to get me out of my seat. I got up and went out there with a big smile although I was terrified–for couple of reasons 1) my eldest was watching very closely and I wanted to teach him that you can do things that you are afraid to do and 2) I didn’t want to say no and regret it later.


The ringmaster had us do so many things! It was all quite hilarious. He had me strut across the ring (hair flip and all) then he had me squat crazy low and play the pretend piano. Oh my. I heard all the women in the crowd encouraging me so I gave it the best I had!


I was glad I swallowed my fear and used it as a teachable moment for my boy. Sometimes he gets really shy and I wanted to show him that he can let him guard down and have some fun sometimes too. He was so excited when I came back to my seat and he even told me to go back out there a couple of times!

The Universoul Circus is certainly worth every dime if you want an interactive, high energy, good time with your family.

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Have you ever been to Universoul Circus? What was your latest Teachable Moment?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Oh my is right!!! WOW! So great that you got up there and did it. I’m sure the kids were thrilled afterward. You’re already their hero so this must elevate you into the stratosphere!! Nicely done mama :-)
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    • They were freaking out and squealing!! I was so nervous up there (more worried about a wardrobe malfunction than anything else) so their reactions was worth it.

  2. I was never a huge fan of the circus but that looked like a lot of fun! Those guys are incredible athletes!
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  3. It had to be the pants! Before I even got to your part about the pants I was like “must have those pants.” Last teachable moment…everyday is a teachable moment for me. I feel as they get older there are more lessons to be learned.
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  4. I love the circus, but haven’t gone since I was younger and so need to take my girls soon. So, glad you all got to go and loved that you got picked, too :_
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  5. I have always went to ringling brothers but I never got into the circus before I go let the kids watch while I eat cotton candy. Glad you got picked to go in and experience that I would have been scared.
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  6. Nellie, that looks like so much fun! I haven’t been to the circus in years. I don’t even think all of my kids have been! Parenting fail!
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  7. Nellie, you ROCK!!! So cool that you got out there and were such a great sport about it! I would have been terrified. You are such a great MOM!
    And those pictures are all amazing!!!
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  8. You can’t fool us, Nellie, You’re a natural for stuff like this! Now go on and strut one more time. 😉
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  9. I’ve never been! Is it an all people circus? I love that idea. I can’t stand circuses with animals due to a tragedy that happened at one to my mom’s old art student.
    Enough about that downer, because you ROCK!
    I would have had to really channel bravery to do this.
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  10. I was at the circus too today. (Not this one though, another one here in Helsinki Finland 😉 Had so much fun with my daughter! Those trapeze artists really are amazing! That body control.. WOW.

    It’s great that you were able to swallow your fear and go for it. There have been plenty of times when I didn’t have the courage to do something and boy did I regret it afterwards!

    Rock on! :)
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  11. I love this post, girlie. :) I think one of my teachable moments was last year when I did the Ignite presentation at FitBloggin…not letting my nerves literally give me a heart attack taught me so much.
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  12. The Universoul Circus is cool. We took our daughter last year, but she didn’t enjoy it as much as she did Ringling. The fun part for the adults was the part where you participated. It was funny, and nice they included the attendees in their act
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  13. AWESOME! I too went to the circus EVERY year when I was young. My last circus was when I was 16! LOL. I can’t wait to start introducing Pookah to the circus! I really have to go to universal soul circus! It looks like so much fun!

  14. Nellie that is so cool and what a great moment for you to show your boys that you are amazing (although they already know that!). You are such a great mom! I hope I can be as good as you one day!
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  15. Look at that squat! Clear evidence you’ve been doing your training. And good for you for getting involved and showing your boys how to be a part of the action instead of shying away. We could all use a few more of those lessons in our lives.
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  16. Last year was our first year going to Universoul Circus and I LOVE it so much more than Ringling Brothers. The music, the crowd interaction, the fact that it is in a huge tent…I just LOVE everything about Universoul. I think ours comes later in the summer and we will be attending…and GO YOU for being up on stage! You looked cute!
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  17. I loved going to the circus when I was younger. I haven’t gone in a while but this makes me want to change that very soon!

    I love that you went up regardless of your fear. I get a little nervous in front of a lot of people so I am hoping that I would have done the same but I have a feeling I would have declined and regretted it later. Glad you did not!

    You also took some great pictures!
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  18. My children loved this circus. I have never seen my baby fight his nap in all my life but he was so entertained. My little girl loved this one above all the rest! I love how you were picked to go on the stage! They really have you do some crazy stuff but it’s all fun! I love how you were able to show your son that yes you can do something that you haven’t tried before, AND do it awesome!
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  19. nellie, that looks like so much fun!!! i love the circus.

  20. You are so brave. I probably would have dropped to the floor and low crawled out of there!
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