Michael Nickerson-Rossi

Artistic Director

Michael Nickerson-Rossi
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Nickerson-Rossi Dance (NRD), a professional internationally touring contemporary dance company and a non-profit 501(c)(3). NRD includes a world-renowned educational faculty that provides comprehensive dance education for youth at their Palm Springs Dance Academy. NRD provides outreach programs for the under-served communities of Riverside County and the nation at large with educational, therapeutic, and professional dance programming. NRD presents the Palm Springs International Dance Festival, a platform that encompasses all of its programs, that is a four-day annual event bringing students and art patrons of diverse backgrounds from across the nation together into Palm Springs, California. NRD aims to engage, inspire and ignite the mind, senses, and body by using dance as a language to reach the multicultural community at large. 

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The Palm Springs Dance Academy (PSDA) is the official school of the Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company. The Academy's mission is to provide comprehensive dance education for pre-professional dancers and to serve the community with enrichment, outreach, home school, and after-school dance programs. The faculty at Palm Springs Dance Academy will nurture and stimulate intellectual, artistic, and technical creativity.

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Since 2013, NRD has been bringing dance to Palm Springs through educational programs that commission internationally recognized educators to make a lasting impact on youth here in Palm Springs by exposing them to the art of dance and providing further opportunities to those who wish to pursue dance as a professional career or a forever love. We aim to produce programs within the festival that have low or no cost to serve our greater desert communities at large and orchestrate performances that feature world renowned dance companies of all cultural and artistic backgrounds.

All Access Pass
Oct 21, 6:30 PM
Palm Springs Dance Academy & Desert Rose
Access to the Opening Night Party, "Caliber" the Professional Concert, Dance Film Admission, and a special gift from Nickerson-Rossi Dance.
Student Enrollment Fall 2021
Oct 21, 6:30 PM PDT
Palm Springs Dance Academy & Desert Rose
Up to 18 Master Class options, Perform in the Student Showcase "Rise Above," Watch the Professional Dance Company Performance "Caliber," and Witness the Dance Film Series.