Michael's Recent Accomplishments 


Michael served as the Creative Director of Dance at the Palm Springs Annenberg Theater.

He also began the stepping stones to create his festival in California, "The Palm Springs Dance Festival."


Michael transitioned to the east coast, where he served as Creative Director of Dance and resident dance company for the Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center in Chester County, Pennsylvania.



Michael built a modern/contemporary dance program at Princeton Ballet in New Jersey. A program to transition dancers from ballet to contemporary dance preparing them for the college and professional environments.


Michael is currently a partner with Riverside County Office of Education. Michael teaches professional development programs to district teachers and extends dance programs to over 420,000 students county wide!  

Michael also outgrew his original "Palm Springs Dance Festival" which is now the "Palm Springs International Dance Festival." This festival is a platform for all Nickerson-Rossi Dance programming. From education, community engagement, professional development and professional dance programming.

"Thelma's Garden at the Gala House" is born! Michael's own open air theater in Palm Springs, California to provide the community of Palm Springs dance programming all year long.

Michael Nickerson-Rossi’s work is filled with complex intricacies that unravel through a beautifully orchestrated mixture of artistic movement and emotional freedom. It has been recognized as profound and it is with this passion he creates quality and meaningful programming throughout the United States. Currently, you can find Michael teaching choreography and composition at John Hopkins University "Peabody Conservatory" in Baltimore, Maryland and additionally, he is hard at work programming high quality art and education through Nickerson-Rossi Dance.

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