Youth Summer Dance classes with Nickerson-Rossi Dance | June 22-30

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Hi-Desert Cultural Center has partnered with Nickerson-Rossi Dance (Palm Springs International Dance Festival) to bring an unprecedented new dance program to Greater Joshua Tree! Our goal is to provide area youth with sustainable, high-caliber dance education and access to more professional, educational, and therapeutic dance program possibilities created through Nickerson-Rossi Dance.

A brand new, further-expanded comprehensive dance program directed by Nickerson-Rossi Dance in partnership with Hi-Desert Cultural Center is set to potentially open in September 2022 and run through May 2023. Classes for toddlers, youth, pre-teens, and teens opening soon!

Dance is one of the best ways to get kids off the phone and back into action! Being in class with their peers is an engaging way to learn coordination, social skills, teamwork, and learn how to express themselves in a healthy and positive environment!  The exciting thing about dance is that it hits two birds with one stone—it’s a physical sport matched with artistry, emotional liberation, and social development! Any young person will benefit from the offerings found in dance.

Through dance, youth are exposed to:
— Self-awareness
— Empathy for others
— Social Skills
— Making responsible decisions
— Team Work
— Understanding and managing emotions
— Decision Making
— Establishing/ maintaining positive relationships
— Emotional & Artistic Expression
— Locomotive Skills

Ballet, which originated in Renaissance, is known for light, graceful, fluid movements! Great to develop healthy posture and strong discipline! 
Jazz is an energetic style of dance that gets the heart pumping and feet moving to fun and familiar music commonly heard on the radio! Dancers learn a fun combination at the end of the class that they can share with their families and friends!
Hip hop dance is a range of street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip hop culture. It is common for littles to start in a hip-hop class because it is what is shown most on TV!

We are running programs at the end of June for both Kids (Age 5-11) and Youth (Age 12-19). Select below for more information:

Kids Summer Dance Classes (Age 5-11)


Choose to sign your dancer up for as many classes as you like—they can take just one or can take all three days’ classes for a mini-camp experience! In this 3-day camp, our little campers will be introduced to the fun dance genres of ballet, jazz, and hip-hop and be able to try out each style of their choice!

Class Schedule

Age 5-11
No previous dance training necessary.

$16 per class spot

All classes will take place in the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s expansive new dance studio located in its new state-of-the-art Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center at 58325 CA-62, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.

Youth Summer Dance Workshop (Age 12-19)


Whether you’re a beginner or have had some training, students in this 4-day workshop will receive 4 days of customized training based on each student’s individual level of experience. The 4 days of individualized training will take place from 10 am to 4 pm each day (24 hours of instruction), concluding with a Student Showcase for parents, friends, and the public. The Student Showcase will feature the enrolled students of the Youth Summer Dance Workshop, the Professional Dance Company of Nickerson-Rossi Dance, and the students from their school at Palm Springs Dance Academy.

Classes consist of ballet, modern, and contemporary, under the instruction of the internationally renowned professional dance company, Nickerson-Rossi Dance. Join four of their company dancers and the Artistic Director of Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Michael Nickerson-Rossi, as they teach these classes and lead the enrolled dancers into a rehearsal setting to learn a new choreographic work that they will perform for friends and family in an informal performance.


Age 12-19
No previous dance training necessary.

$499 per student, payable in 3 installments if desired. ***SUBSTANTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: email for more information.

All classes will take place in the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s expansive new dance studio located in its new state-of-the-art Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center at 58325 CA-62, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.



GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!