MICHAEL

NICKERSON

ROSSI

Founding Artistic Director of Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Palm Springs International Dance Festival and Palm Springs Dance Academy. 

"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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