Developed by Michael Nickerson-Rossi, of Nickerson-Rossi Dance, and Darcy Carozza, of Astonish Events, LLC, the Palm Springs Dance Festival begins in full force on Thursday, March 2, 2017 and runs through Saturday, March 4, 2017.  The program is an outgrowth of a similar program produced last February which was very successful, however, it is an ambitious program; exponentially larger than its predecessor and the first of its kind in the Palm Springs area.

The festival will offer a plethora of opportunities to engage with dance, including three separate performances that range from emerging student talent, with family friendly ticket prices, to acclaimed professional works, with a more formal appeal.   The festival also offers two dozen eclectic master dance classes over the three days at local studios: Step by Step Studio, CK Dance, and Dance with Miss Lindsay, as well as two classes on the Annenberg Theater performance stage! 

Expect unique performance programs that range in style and complexity, vigor and emotion, each with a different focus.  Program names hint at what to expect: Dance Diversity Showcase; Emerging Talent/Student Spotlight at the Helene Galen PAC; and Professional Concert Dance Gala at the Annenberg Theater/Palm Springs Art Museum. Reviews on the multiple award winning cast of professional performers serve to set expectations high.  They include praises such as  “highly kinetic, complex… visually exquisite”, “recognized as Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch breakout stars of 2015”, “hailed for complex intricacies and beautifully orchestrated mixtures of artistic movement and emotional freedom”,  “International award winner, recognized as a boundary pusher”  and “Named Male Rising Star by the Italian International Dance Festival”.   

Seeking to develop dance appreciation through community outreach, programming includes an entire evening devoted to free public performance on an outdoor stage at Village Fest Palm Springs on March 2nd, from 6:15- 9:45pm and it’s not to be missed.

The Dance Fest offers astonishing educational opportunities by presenting a captivating collection of two dozen master class workshops with skillful, accomplished instructors poised to share invaluable experiences and insights at dance studios located within the village of Palm Springs.  Classes are open to the public and encourage involvement at many levels.    The faculty line-up and opportunity for learning is extraordinary, and the performance line-up is expansive and impressive.

Tickets for all of Palm Springs Dance Festival Programming are on sale now. A number of classes are already sold out, so make your purchase soon.  Visit for more information, and visit the Palm Springs Dance Fest on Facebook and Instagram for titillating posts, pics and videos! 

To learn more about this event, please contact:

Darcy Carozza

760 406.1414