©2019 Palm Springs Dance Project

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Photo: Denise Leitner

To build a thriving dance community in Palm Springs, the Coachella Valley and Southern California through education, performance and community engagement.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, yet, the life of the candle will not be shortened. In this same way, knowledge grows.


Don Cornuet

Richard De Santis

Jeremy Hobbs

Lindsay Kaufmann

Rosanne Kumins

Isa Lapaj

Olga Morales

Mike Napoli

Shea New

Liz Thompson

Rich Weissman

The Palm Springs Dance Project is a collaborative, grass roots enterprise  serving the Greater Palm Springs Community.  

Visit our site often for exciting announcements, details and updates.  

Founder and Executive Director, Darcy Carozza is a 40 year resident of Palm Springs, and an event producer as well as a former performing arts theater director with over 25 years of experience in special events and performing arts productions.  Darcy was also the co-founder, executive director and  producer of the Palm Springs Dance Festival, which concluded in the late spring of 2019.  Darcy concurrently manages and owns an events production company,  Astonish Events, LLC, and specializes in serving the non-profit community.


Following 4 years of  creating comprehensive, experimental dance programming for the Palm Springs Community, and building off of extensive experience, connections and community resources, the exciting, high energy Palm Springs Dance Project was born.    PSDP is a month-long event with dance performances, education and community programming from February 5 through March 8, 2020.


Our education program is 100% underwritten, designed to uplift and enrich local students through intensive dance training.  Our community outreach shares the joy of dance with free and low cost public events featuring student, pre-professional and professional performances and our Main Event, a beautiful evening of dance exploration, features acclaimed professional dance companies that are sure to astonish, delight and inspire.


Dance  Learn  Love.  That's what its about;  come share in the experience!



In 2020 we’re keeping it local with a Palm Springs/Los Angeles connection, with dynamic, award-winning LA Artistic Director, Deborah Brockus.


Deborah has been labeled ‘the single most important person in Southland dance” an “impresario”, "the mother superior of LA dance” and ”tireless” by the LA Times for her involvement in establishing the local dance scene as a producer, choreographer, and teacher.  


Deborah has curated a truly unique, exciting, and high energy concert dance program, that delivers a first-time-ever experience in the Annenberg Theater, and  an education program that enriches, inspires, and connects our students the wider dance community, opening up new experiences and possibilities that contribute towards positive growth.