Dance is an art form that has paved the way for people to symbolize self-expression. It is an emotional and passionate process where one gains the power to display their emotions, using their body as a tool. Michael Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company recently opened up their doors to allow others to experience the stories they tell through their genius, and the emotions shared. Nickerson-Rossi Dance artistry continues “breaking bounds within authentic presentation, a creative voice with breadth and depth, the impact evident in choreographic themes of life, death, culture, and compassion,” said Michael Nickerson choreographer, founder and artistic director of The Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company.
The goal for Nickerson-Rossi Dance is to enrich one’s life through the medium of dance and allowing an experience to take place.
Nickerson opened up about his thought process on being a choreographer, and the people who inspire him to keep dancing and never give up. Nickerson looks up to Spanish dancer/choreographer, Nacho Duato, as inspiration and love of dance. Nickerson also spoke about his purpose as a choreographer:
I feel I was placed in the world of dance to give this gift back to the world. Art is healing and it is my duty to continue the healing benefits via my audiences,” said Nickerson.
At the first glance, one can see the hard work and dedication the dancers of Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company convey through their talent. Simply witnessing them creating movement brings on a sense of ease and enchantment. Each movement was delivered with grace and a sense of simplicity that could put anyone watching at peace. It is almost a state of transportation; that these dancers take their audiences to another place.
Nickerson is an amazing choreographer who wants to share his inspirations with fellow dancers, of all skill levels. Because of this, Nickerson has open classes once a week in which he extends his greatness to beginners, intermediate, advanced and of course his Nickerson-Rossi dancers. He hopes to inspire other dancers “through [his] teaching, choreography and craft,” said Nickerson.
Nickerson defines the powerful direction behind his movement. “The power of moving and expressing your emotions through movement is remarkably astounding and wakes one up to an epiphany. A discovery that this is a healthy choice to seek for comfort when faced with such devastation. With my direction I guide those into places that are kept quiet and then can be released through MOVEMENT and phrasing to be heard and understood-giving one a voice that they never knew they had,” said Nickerson. The Nickerson-Rossi Company consists of a very tight knit group of dancers who have worked hard to contribute their skills to the company in order to astound audience members. Jack Taylor, Brooklynn Reeves, Chad Ortiz, Anne-Marie Talmadge, Chanelle Glen, Kenny Borchard, and Sara Slagle are the dancers of The Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company who turn Nickerson’s visions into reality.
Nickerson underwent a great deal in order to achieve the success he has today. Nickerson said,
…I had endured the huge loss of both of my parents and I discovered dance, which acts as a lifeline that sustains my existence. I have been dancing now for 15 wonderful years.
He was able to inspire, create and exhibit all of his pain in the passion and craft he calls dance. Nickerson hopes his artistry will empower and uplift future dancers to never give up and pursue their dreams. He continues to inspire, and says if he could be remembered for one thing in his career, Nickerson hopes to be remembered as, “a wonderful human/artist who gave fully and without reservation, nor limitation. An appreciator of life and the relationships built between myself and other artists, vast audience members and those who love me, unconditionally. My heart would be full and complete knowing this.”
Nickerson aims to inspire through his hardship and he continues to bestow his wisdom upon young dancers. His advice for anyone in hopes of pursuing a career in dance would be to “…stay true to yourself and live your life in its most authentic form. If its dance you choose, then commit fully to the art of dance. Self advocate, seek many teachers, workshops, performances, education and experiences in many genres of dance,” said Nickerson.
The future of the Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company is looking promising, as Nickerson landed a position at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs as the creative director of dance. He will also be working closely with the Martha Graham Dance Company, on “DNA” taking place February 5, 2016 where he will be featuring a soloist. He will also be working diligently with the theatre as he helps create a series of performances, education and outreach.
For more information on The Nickerson- Rossi Dance Company please email Michael@NickersonRossiDance.com or like them on Facebook at Nickerson-Rossi Dance (Arts & Entertainment). You can also witness Nickerson’s art firsthand by attending Nickerson’s open classes Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. located on 1900 East 27th street Signal Hill, CA 90755.