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Dance Faculty

Michael Nickerson-Rossi

Modern

Contemporary

Composition

Partnering

Theater

Chad Allen Ortiz

Modern

Contemporary

Composition

Partnering

Jazz

Anthony Vega

Contemporary

Jazz

Hip-Hop

Alessandra Di Pierro

Ballet

Academy Directors

Michael Nickerson-Rossi

Artistic Director

Chad Allen Ortiz

Educational Director

Laurie Bianchin

Academy Director

Michael Nickerson-Rossi

Bio

Michael Nickerson-Rossi’s choreography 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 world. Currently, you can find Michael teaching choreography and composition at John Hopkins University "Peabody Conservatory," Directing at his school "Palm Springs Dance Academy," and continuing to present concert dance works in theaters world wide and films online.

Michael has taught at over 35 Universities/Colleges across the nation, started a classical modern program at Princeton Ballet, choreographed for Maserati & Porsche and worked as the Creative Director of Dance at the Palm Springs Annenberg Theater and Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.

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Chad Allen Ortiz

Bio

Chad Allen began as an apprentice of Nickerson-Rossi Dance in 2014 and now is the Executive Director and Principal Dancer of Nickerson-Rossi Dance. Through NRD's multiple dance programs throughout Southern California and the Upper East Coast he has taught at, coordinated and/or managed over 32 high schools, 35 universities, 20 professional dance companies/choreographers, countless amounts of dance studios/academies, and 2 major non-profits: the Flourish Foundation with Jackie Lopez’s Versa-Style Next Generation in Los Angeles, thanks to Monica Rosenthal, and Sister Mary’s Project Home in Philadelphia. Not to forget the multiple programs throughout Palm Springs with Louisa Castrodale, the Palm Springs Unified School District’s Arts Coordinator. 

 

Chad Allen has danced nationally and internationally performing throughout California, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Italy.

 
 

Anthony Vega

Bio

Anthony has been teaching, coaching and choreographing in the Southern California area for over 10 years. After  discovering his passion for dance and choreography, he found himself in a rigorous training program under the mentorship of Ronald Brown of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Kimera Lewis, a well respected and experienced ballet educator. Anthony performed with the professional company “Academy of Villains”, traveled internationally to showcase his choreography  in Australia, was a principle dancer of the Desert Dance Company in Cathedral City and became a lead choreographer for the company soon after. Anthony has also trained and competed with Hip Hop crew Animazing and won awards for his choreography through companies and studios that showcased his works. His philosophy is that every dancer has a unique dance style within them, and developing that style is tantamount to the importance of the technical training learned to develop our physical abilities and understanding of who we are. 

 

Alessandra Di Perro

Bio

A native of Rome, Italy, Alessandra received extensive ballet training and started her professional dance career at the age of seventeen in Verona performing in Golestan and Bolero with Maurice Bejart’s Ballet du XXe siecle. After that she went on to Venice where she danced soloist and principal roles in The magic toy box and Giselle with Rudolph Nureyev. She performed more soloist and principal roles throughout Europe touring with the Italian company “Aterballetto” dancing classical works like Sleeping Beauty, August Bournonville’s Napoli and Flower Festival in Genzano, George Balanchine’s Agon and Allegro Brillante and more contemporary pieces like Alvin Ailey’s Night Creatures, Jose Limon’s Orpheus and Glenn Tetley’s Mythical Hunters. Shortly after moving to the US in 1984, with a few months stop in New York to take class with Maggie Black and Madame Gabriela Darvash, she moved to California and became the Artistic Director of Western Ballet School and Company in the SF Bay Area collaborating with the other instructors to devise a curriculum for 300 students that included inviting NYC Ballet guest instructors like Violette Verdy, Suky Shorer and John Prinz and choreographing many productions like The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Coppelia.

After moving to the desert last year, she is grateful to Michael Nickerson- Rossi for the opportunity to teach for the Palm Springs Dance Academy.

 
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