MICHAEL

NICKERSON

ROSSI

Founding Artistic Director of Nickerson-Rossi Dance

and the Palm Springs International Dance Festival

"BREATHE

IN THE BEAUTY, EXHALE THE UGLY."

IN 1997, AFTER THE UNTIMELY PASSING OF HIS LOVING MOTHER, MICHAEL NICKERSON-ROSSI WAS A STRUGGLING 17 YEAR OLD LIVING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GRASPING FOR ANY TYPE OF FUTURE. WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE HE WITNESSED HIS FIRST DANCE CONCERT.  FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME HE FELT SOMETHING OTHER THAN SADNESS; IT WAS PURE PASSION FOR DANCE!

 

MICHAEL HAD A LATE START ON WHAT IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS A PHYSICALLY DEMANDING ART. HE SPENT YEARS IN INTENSIVE STUDY SURPASSING THOSE WHO HAD FIFTEEN YEARS PRIOR DANCE TRAINING. HE DROWNED HIMSELF IN THE THERAPIES DANCE OFFERED A ONCE LOST YOUNG MAN AND IT WAS CLEAR TO THOSE AROUND HIM THAT HE WAS OF PURE TALENT.

 

                                     “He’s the real thing.”

                                 -Janice Steinberg, Dance Magazine

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