Anderson Children's Foundation

Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company

Student Scholarships to Various Dance Programming (2022-2023)

July 25th - 31st, 2022

3 Scholarships to Direct/Link Summer Dance Training program at the Palm Springs Dance Academy, presented by Nickerson-Rossi Dance. Students are provided a week-long session to take classes from the Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company, guest artists, and perform two works in the Summer Concert.

July 31st, 2022

The Palm Springs Dance Academy hosts it’s annual Scholarship Audition. At this time, with the support of ACF and individual donors, Nickerson-Rossi Dance is able to provide 12 scholarships to students who seek to train at the Palm Springs Dance Academy for their 2022/23 season.

October 29th-30th, 2022, or April 1-2, 2023

Nickerson-Rossi presents their bi-annual Palm Springs International Dance Festival and will invite 25 students from the Shadow Hills High School dance team to participate in masterclasses, and professional performances, and have their own performance opportunity in the student showcas

Contact: Michael Nickerson-Rossi Artistic Director

Contact: Chad Allen Ortiz Executive Director


Phone: 760.992.6075

Dance Programs (2021-2022)

NRD will hold a student scholarship audition at the end of summer 2021 that will provide the awarded students full and partial coverage of their annual tuition at the Palm Springs Dance Academy. A panel of sponsors and professionals in the community will participate in the selection of the scholarship. Students are asked to perform a solo to showcase their dance abilities to ensure they are ready for the extensive training, and then asked to share their stories and why they would benefit from a scholarship. NRD currently provides scholarships for five students and wishes to reach the number to ten.Then, October 21 - 24, 2021, NRD presents their annual Palm Springs International Dance Festival that celebrates all cultures and backgrounds in dance nationally and Internationally. NRD is an arts partner with Palm Springs Unified School District and annually provides scholarships to Desert Hot Springs High School. We would like to extend our reach and provide scholarships to Indio High School. A student that is provided a scholarship will participate in 5 master dance classes from world-renowned master instructors, perform in a student showcase that celebrates young aspiring talent (roughly ages 10 - 22), receive a ticket to see a professional performance featuring seven international dance companies, and will take away festival merchandise as a memory of their experience. Lastly, NRD would like to continue its therapeutic dance programming at the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center into the Fall of 2021. The Children’s Center provides individual, group, and family therapy along with special programs that address issues associated with children suffering the effects of child abuse and neglect, and who are at risk to be abused. NRD has recently become an arts partner with the center, using dance as a medium to encourage confidence, social skills, introspection, artistic creativity, and allowing students to have their voice to be heard - but through movement, instead of words. This program is lead by the Artistic Director, Michael Nickerson-Rossi, assisted by Executive Director and Principal Dancer, Chad Ortiz, and is overseen by the Clinical Programs and Outreach Director, Araceli Martinez.

This program is scheduled for 8 weeks at a time and meets once a week for 1 hour