of a PSIDF scholarship

PSIDF student scholarships impact dancers who are diverse culturally and socioeconomically throughout Southern California. From low socioeconomic status to Title 1 schools, PSIDF aims to provide full scholarships to schools and dancers in need of financial support.

We thrive in real-world experiences. By attending this dance festival students will get to take dance classes from professional dancers who are working in the industry, see them perform and have various opportunities to showcase their talents and meet directors of universities and professional dance companies. PSIDF creates specialized dance programming that supports each student’s current curriculum.

“To express something with your body, not vocally, is an experience that evokes many layers deeply hidden and provides a healthy release.”


 Michael Nickerson-Rossi,

Artistic Director, NRD


Michael Nickerson-Rossi (the creator of The Palm Springs International Dance Festival) has one goal; to artistically enrich the lives of every human being through dance. The scholarship will The scholarship will stress dance technique, team efforts, problem solving and pushing personal envelopes with like minded dancers. This dynamic opportunity has proven to be an immersive experience for each and every scholarship recipient gifting them with personal and creative growth!

We will be providing scholarships to the following Southern Californian schools:

Desert Hot Springs High School (20 Students)

Helix Charter High School (5 Students)

East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet (8 Students)

Abraham Lincoln High School (8 Students)

Versa-Style Next Generation (14 Students)

Various Students throughout the Coachella Valley (20 Students)

This is 85 students total!

We are also providing 9 scholarships for our emerging dance talents from Puerto Rico!


Scholarship includes:

-two day training intensive 

-admission to the dance celebration student party

-ticket to the "First View" Student Showcase

-ticket to the professional "Gala" performance

-PSIDF 2020 limited edition merchandise

Each student is $348 to scholarship.


NRD is a Non-Profit Organization

All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.