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SOLD OUT

SUMMER 2022 WORKSHOP

DIRECT/LINK

A connection to college and professional dance.


July 25th - 31st, 2022 | Palm Springs, CA


We are accepting only 15 dancers.

 
Palm Trees

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Monday,
July 25th

9am - 10:30am

Modern Class with

Michael Nickerson

 

15 minute break

 

10:45am - 12pm

Contemporary with

Samantha DeMarco

 

12pm - 1pm

Break

 

1pm - 2:30pm

Choreography with

Cristina Mckeever

 

2:30pm - 4pm

Choreography with

Michael Nickerson

 

4pm - 5pm

Open Floor to work on solos

Thursday,
July 28th

9am - 10:30am

Guest Class

Danah Bella

 

15 minute break

 

10:45am - 12pm

Guest Class 

Joshua Estrada - Romero

 

12pm - 1pm

Break

 

1pm - 2:30pm

Choreography with

Cristina Mckeever

 

2:30pm - 4pm

Choreography with

Michael Nickerson

 

4pm - 5pm

Open Floor to work on solos

Sunday,
July 31st

10am - 12pm

Scholarship Audition

& Awards

Tuesday,
July 26th

9am - 10:30am

Ballet with

Alessandra Di Pierro

 

15 minute break

 

10:45am - 12pm

Contemporary with

Chad Allen

 

12pm - 1pm

Break

 

1pm - 2:30pm

Choreography with

Cristina Mckeever

 

2:30pm - 4pm

Choreography with

Michael Nickerson

 

4pm - 5pm

Open Floor to work on solos

Friday,
July 29th

9am - 10:30am

Guest Class 

Lisa Draskovich - Long

 

15 minute break

 

10:45am - 12pm

Guest Class 

Gerran Reese

 

12pm - 1pm

Break

 

1pm - 2:30pm

Teen Solo Presentation

 

30 minute break

 

3pm - 4pm

Choreography with

Cristina McKeever

 

15 minute break

 

4:15pm - 5:30pm

Choreography with

Michael Nickerson-Rossi

Wednesday,
July 27th

9am - 10:30am

Ballet with

Hailee Whiddon

 

15 minute break

 

10:45am - 12pm

Modern with

Marissa Andresky

 

12pm - 1pm

Break

 

1pm - 2:30pm

Choreography with

Cristina Mckeever

 

2:30pm - 4pm

Choreography with

Michael Nickerson

 

4pm - 5pm

Open Floor to work on solos

Saturday,
July 30th

10am

call time

 

10:30am - 3:30pm

Dress Run

 

3:30pm - 5pm

break

5pm

Call Time

6pm - 7:30pm

Showtime 

FACULTY of NICKERSON-ROSSI  

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Michael Nickerson-Rossi

Artistic Director
of Nickerson-Rossi Dance

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Chad Allen Ortiz

Executive Director of
Nickerson-Rossi Dance

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Cristina McKeever

Faculty of
Palm Springs Dance Academy

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Marissa Andresky

Company Dancer of
Nickerson-Rossi Dance

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Samantha DeMarco

Company Dancer of
Nickerson-Rossi Dance

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Hailee Whiddon

Company Dancer of
Nickerson-Rossi Dance

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Alessandra Di Pierro

Faculty of
Palm Springs Dance Academy

GUEST ARTISTS

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Danah Bella

Contemporary Class
& Solo Adjudicator


Head Chair of
Johns Hopkins University
Peabody Conservatory 

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Joshua Estrada-Romero

Contemporary Class
& Solo Adjudicator

Adjunct Faculty of 
Mt. San Antonio College

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Lisa Draskovich-Long

Modern - Graham Technique
& Solo Adjudicator

Associate Professor of 
Cal State University, Fullerton

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Gerran Reese

Contemporary Fusion Class
& Solo Adjudicator

Dance Faculty at 
AMDA College

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James Gregg

Solo Adjudicator


Independent Choreographer 
Internationally Recognized

 

Danah Bella

danah bella, Dance Chair at Peabody Conservatory, is the artistic director of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, a modern dance company focused on reclaiming evocative movement as social practice. danah has performed & presented her work throughout the country including the Cool New York Festival in New York, the United States Asian American Festival in San Francisco, the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, the American College Dance Association’s National Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, Santa Barbara, ReVIEWING Black Mountain College, as well as in Mexico and Italy. She has taught workshops and has been an artist in residence in festivals and universities throughout the United States and abroad; including, Pro Danza Italia, Bates Dance Festival, Monterey Dance Fest, the American College Dance Association's Regional and National conference, Western Michigan University, University of Virginia, Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, Santa Barbara City College and Goose Route Dance Festival.  danah is also a founding member of Colectivo Caliban, an artist collective that transgresses disciplinary borders through sound and movement.  She has worked in higher education since 2002 teaching modern technique, dance theory, and history. 

 

She was awarded an MFA in performance from the Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Joshua Estrada - Romero 

Born and raised in Southern California, Joshua D. Estrada-Romero began his dance training at California State University, Fullerton. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance in the fall of 2008 and his MFA in Dance from the University of California Irvine in 2017. His extensive experience in dance, music and art evolved through his dance memberships and training with Palindrome Dance Company, RhetOracle Dance Company, BARE Dance Company, Nickerson- Rossi Dance, and Kelly Alvarez & Artists. Joshua also worked with very well-known artists of the Limón Dance Company and Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and choreographer Victor Kabaniev. Joshua is the founder and artistic director of FUSE Dance Company based in Orange, CA, whose mission is to support and foster the growth and development of the performing arts in Southern California through performances, dance education, and dance community collaboration programs. FUSE has participated in many Southern California Dance Festivals including Santa Barbaras’s HHII Dance Festival, Los Angeles Dance Festival, Lineage Dance Festival, BlakTina Dance Festival, Temecula DanceXchange, RAW Artists, and has also had the privilege of showcasing his work in Boston MA, Austin TX, New York NY, and Seattle WA, and Ketchikan, AK. Joshua has held master classes and workshops at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet in Alaska, Round Rock Repertory in Austin Tx, Cypress College, San Pedro Ballet, Long Beach City Ballet, and numerous high schools across L.A., Orange County, and the Inland Empire. He currently shares his passion as an instructor/choreographer to all dance students of California State University Fullerton, Mt. San Antonio College, Santa Ana College, and Anaheim High School. 

Lisa Draskovich - Long

Lisa Draskovich-Long, assistant professor of theatre and dance, has brought years of experience with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Riedel Dance Theater, and Dance Kaleidoscope to Cal State Fullerton.

She received an M.F.A. in choreography from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.F.A. in ballet from Christian University in Texas. She also has an A.A. in occupational therapy from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York.

Gerran Reese

Gerran Reese was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He has trained in many styles and now Dances/teaches, throughout the West Coast/ Europe in jazz, hip¬hop, and contemporary.

 

He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he is signed with one of the nation’s top dance agencies, G.T.A ( Go 2 Talent Agency) His credits include The Jefferson Dancers and The NBA Blazer, a hip¬hop squad. He has done commercial campaign work for Reebok and Nike as well danced for television for programs such as X¬Factor, America’s Got Talent, The view, Dwts (Dancing with the stars), The TV Land Awards, and The Grammy's. In the music industry, Gerran has danced for artists Kelly Rowland, Daniel Bedingfield, Carmit Bachar(Pussycat Dolls), Estelle and Muse, and many more.

 

He teaches a wide variety of dance styles. He is also Faculty at AMDA Los Angeles. In life and dance, Gerran believes "art is forever" and wants to continue to inspire and take dance to a higher level of performance, skill, and versatility.

 
 
 
 
 

James Gregg

JAMES GREGG was raised in Oklahoma and started dancing at the age of nine. He trained with Ballet Oklahoma, Houston Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Edge Performing Arts Center (LA), and Lou Conte Dance Studio. James moved to Chicago to dance with River North Chicago Dance Company in 1999. He was with RNCDC for several years before moving to Montréal, where he is currently dancing with Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal. He has performed the works of many renowned choreographers including Aszure Barton, Mauro Bigonzetti, Frank Chaves, Danny Ezralow, Harrison McEldowney, Mia Michaels, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Crystal Pite, and Edgar Zendajas. James started choreographing as a youngster in school but really found his passion when he arrived in Chicago, where he dove into working with different dancers and companies. He has set works on River North Chicago Dance Company, Northwest Dance Project’s Pretty Creatives Competition, Les Ballet Jazz Workshop, and Springboard Danse Project.

 
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BALLET.

MODERN. CONTEMPORARY.

PARTNERING.

JAZZ.

In this week-long workshop, dancers will take 15 hours of dance classes and 15 hours of rehearsals that will continue to enhance their dance training and artistry over the summer.

The company dancers of Nickerson-Rossi Dance, guest artists from college dance programs, and professional dance companies will be instructing.

Dancers will present a solo to a panel of College Professors, Directors from Professional Dance Companies, and Talent Agents.

And dancers will perform at the end of the program two choreographic works, along with the NRD Apprenticeship Program and the Professional Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company.

Closing the program will be a scholarship audition. Awarded scholarships have included, college tuition, summer programming, professional enrichment programs, and Nickerson-Rossi studio tuition.

 

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Requirements to Attend

Dancers between the ages of 12 - 19

(some exceptions may apply)

Intermediate / Advanced in Ballet and Modern

A 2 - 5 minute solo prepared.

Nickerson-Rossi Dance company dancer or faculty can assist with solo choreography the week before Direct/Link.

Email info@nickersonrossidance.com to request solo.

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PRICING

DIRECT/LINK

$1,275

DIRECT/LINK WEEK

 

+ 15 hours of classes

+ 15 hours of repertoire rehearsals

+ 6 NRD Company Masterclasses

+ 4 Guest Master Classes from Artistic Directors & College Professors

+ Perform Choreography by Michael Nickerson-Rossi & Cristina McKeever

+ Professional Photo & Video Shoot for Demos and Reels

+ Scholarship Audition for Palm Springs Dance Academy, Universities, and Professional Programs

$450

SOLO CHOREOGRAPHY (if you don't have a solo prepared)

 

+ Original Choreography by a Company Dancer from Nickerson-Rossi or Academy Faculty

+ Additional Rehearsal Time to Clean Choreography

This program is sold out.