The Keshet Story
Founded in 1996, Keshet is an Albuquerque-based nonprofit which exists to inspire and unite community by fostering unlimited possibilities through dance, mentorship and a creative space for the arts. Uniting the arts, the artist and the audience, Keshet invites you to engage, experience and be inspired through bold explorations of movement and celebrations of community.
Located at Keshet Center for the Arts, all of Keshet’s programming is based on the core values of inclusion, authenticity, excellence, opportunity, fluidity and personal growth.
Global to Local; Local to Global
- Keshet International Dance Festival – Year round programming of performances, master classes, shindigs, gatherings, and makers space with international and national visiting contemporary dance artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts; bringing global to local.
- Keshet New Dance Works – Creation and Touring – New contemporary works created for and with Keshet Dance by local, national, and international choreographers; created locally, toured globally.
The Business of Art
- Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center – A business incubator and resource center for arts entrepreneurs; championing the value of the artist and the arts economy.
- Keshet Fellowship for Contemporary Dance – Choreographic residencies supporting U.S. based artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Social Justice through Dance
- Movement + Mentorship = Metamorphosis (M3) – Keshet’s M3 Program uses the vehicle of dance to engage, educate, and empower incarcerated and paroling youth within the State of New Mexico.
- Movement for Mercy – The national expansion of Keshet’s M3 Program curriculum through residencies and partnerships with twenty communities throughout the U.S.; supporting local and national juvenile justice reform efforts and initiatives.
Community Dance Education & Performance
- Community Dance Classes – Everyone should dance! Keshet classes are available to all levels, ages, and abilities from beginner to professional; from age 2 to 102. To insure these classes are truly available to all, Keshet offers an unlimited, non-competitive scholarship program for dancers under 18 years old, and a Work/Study trade program for dancers 18+.
- Adaptive/Inclusive Dance – Insuring that dance programming is available and accessible to all dancers, including dancers and choreographers with differing physical and/or developmental abilities.
- Keshet’s Pre-Professional Program (KP3) – A comprehensive curriculum through which young dancers, ages 8-18, can pursue focused training in dance technique, choreography, and performance; preparing them for a career and/or higher education in dance.
- Community Engagement Programming – Includes the Title I Homeless Project, DEA Dance Project, and many other community partnerships.
- Community Performance Series – Highlighting the talent of our local and regional community, Keshet’s Community Performances include Nutcracker on the Rocks, Winter and Spring Dance Concerts, Choreographers’ Showcases, artSLAM, and more!
Keshet Dance Company is a 501 c3 non-profit and have been in good standing since 1996. Our EIN number is 85-0436623.
Staff and Board
Staff and Board
Founder and Artistic Director, Shira Greenberg, Shira@KeshetArts.org
KP3 Program Director, Sarah Williams Gonzales*, Sarah@KeshetArts.org
School Manager, Miles Firkins, Miles@KeshetArts.org
Online Media Manager, Elysia Pope*, Elysia@KeshetArts.org
KCA Program Coordinator, Lindsay Shettlesworth*, Lindsay@KeshetArts.org
Program Coordinator, Ana Lopes Arechiga*, Ana@KeshetArts.org
Information and Advancement Coordinator, Mary Cianflone, Mary@KeshetArts.org
Keshet Concierge & Costumer, Vangie Ross, Vangie@KeshetArts.org
Volunteer Manager & Lead Keshet Concierge, Wanda Tuck, Wanda@KeshetArts.org
Bookkeeper, Sharon Jonas, Sharon@KeshetArts.org
Company Dancer, Ana Arechiga*, Ana@KeshetArts.org
Company Dancer, Sonia Bologa*, Sonia@KeshetArts.org
Company Dancer, Gabe Gonzales*, Gabe@KeshetArts.org
Company Dancer, Melissa Longiaru*, Melissa@KeshetArts.org
Company Dancer, Elysia Pope*, Elysia@KeshetArts.org
Adjuct Company Dancer, Shane Montoya*,firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Faculty, Peter Bennett, email@example.com
Teaching Faculty, Alisa Damholt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Faculty, Sonya Garcia, email@example.com
Teaching Faculty, Samantha Katz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Faculty, Angel Gomez, email@example.com
Teaching Faculty, Rene Torres de Silva, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Faculty Substitute, Sydney Marable, sydney@KeshetArts.org
* teaching faculty in addition to other roles
Randy Trask, President/CEO, encuentro solutions, inc.
Ron Schranz, Burt & Company CPAs, LLC
Members at Large:
Dovya Friedman, Utility Agency
Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet
Liz Groth, Nurse, Presbyterian Health Care
Sean Herring, Sandia National Laboratories
Manuel Montoya, UNM Anderson School of Business
Michael Moxey, New Mexico Dental Association
Amy Stangel, Hanseatic Management Services
PRODUCERS ($10,000 +)
ENSEMBLE MEMBERS ($100-$499)
Keshet (Keshet Dance Company) is a private, non-profit organization according to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS 2016 DONORS
Keshet would like to thank our entire Cast of Characters, especially those in the following supporting roles whose financial and in-kind contributions shine the spotlight on the smiling faces you see today.
PRODUCERS ($10,000 +)
Albuquerque Community Foundation
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation
City of Albuquerque
DanceUSA / Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Dizzy Feet Foundation
Hampton Inn University Midtown °
McCune Charitable Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
PNM Resources Foundation
Roslyn S. Jaffe Foundation
United Way of Central New Mexico Community Fund
United Way of Central New Mexico Encore Fellowship Fund
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
New Mexico Arts
Nusenda Credit Union Foundation
Sheila Fortune Foundation
Kristine and Stephen Wade °
City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund
Jaynes Corporation °
Peacock Myers, PC °
Jennifer Moore Plane
Margery and Perry Pintzow
Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation
Anthony Williams Law °
Consulate General of Israel Houston
Green Jeans Farmery
Hancock Family Foundation
Harnisch Family Foundation Inc.
David Elias Idinopulos
The Kemtah Group
Richard Letscher and Shira Greenberg
Janet McHard and Beth Mohr
Mackie, Reid, and Company
Molzen Corbin & Associates
Bernadette Pacheco °
Peacock Myers, P.C. °
Deborah Peacock and Nate Korn
Sutin Thayer & Browne, P.C.
Sheldon Weinstein and Leslie Weinstein
Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)
Utility Agency °
Wray & Girard, P.C.
American General Media°
Burt & Company CPAs, LLC
Tanya and Pat Call
Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez
French Funerals & Cremations
Jewish Federation of New Mexico
Kelly Jo Designs & Which Wich
Kelly, Matt and Claudia Kuchar
OGB Architectural Millwork
Brad Raisher and Melissa Freeman
Red Rock Roasters
Southern Wine & Spirits°
Samantha Updegraff and Loren Updegraff °
Western States Fire Protection
Marla Wood and Bruce Malott
In Honor of Sheri Book
In Memory of Sheri Book
Brian Tyree and Sandra McDonald
ENSEMBLE MEMBERS ($100-$499)
Wendy Paige Abrams
Albertsons Community Partners
Emily and Garrett Allen
Kathleen Kimler Altobelli
Steve Barberio °
David Bennahum and Judith Chazin-Bennahum
David Bernstein and Erika Rimson
Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers Inc.
Cristian and Elvine Bologa
Ilana and James Casady
The Daily Grind
Michael and Linley Daly & Family
Karleen Dunkin °
Betsy Levy Ehrenberg
Richard and Mildred Elrick
empty house studio
ExplorAbilities Therapy Center
Gregg Franklin and Mara Malnekoff
Jeff and Heidi Fredine
Colleen Grathwol and Scott Ferguson
Todd Goldblum and Barbra Einhorn
Stefan and Mindy Gutow
Bianca Harle and Robert Love
Rebecca Hartley and Ovidiv Viorica
Sean and Ari Herring
Julia and Matthew Hess
Shad and Lisa James
Norty and Summers Kalishman
KidPower Therapy Associates PC
Teena and Jerry King °
Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley P.A.
Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig
Stephen and Alice Maechtlen
Musical Theater of the Southwest °
New Mexico Dancewear °
Candice O’Melveny °
Janice and Stuart Paster
Vickie Peck and Reid Bandeen
Prime FOR Ops
PTI Electrical Contractors
Regina Chavez Puccetti
Quarter Celtic Brewpub °
Kattia Rojas °
Eleasia and Michael Ross
Eugene Ruff-Wagner and Fancy Ruff-Wagner
Southern Wine & Spirits °
Southwest Mail Center °
Charles Stephen and Company, Inc.
Stone Age Climbing Gym
Lynn Trojahn/Thrive Consulting °
RiLeigh Wade °
You & Me Productions °
In memory of Robert Clark and honor of Kyara Casillas
In Honor of Janet McHard
Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley P.A.
In Honor of Lloyd Orr and Jackie Hall
On Behalf of Lindsay Shettlesworth
Charles Stephen and Company, Inc.
In Memory of Shira’s Safta and Saba
On Behalf of Alexi Stangel
Amy & Brian Stangel
Ellen and Paul Andres
Zachary Benjamin and Magdalena Viera-Benjamin
Christian Bulling and Michele Bulling
Neal Copperman °
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Abraham and Linda Ettedgui
Josie and Michael Garcia
Ronni and Roy Goforth °
Sarah Gravning °
Harley and Ellen Greenberg
Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera
Celeste Hime and David Penasa
Mary Ellen and Chet Karnas
Patricia Kenton and Phil Politz
Aaron and Kristle Kugler
Jami Porter Lara and Kathy Brown
Mary and Brian Matteucci
Virginia and David McGirk
Patrick Miles and Tara Davenport
Monica McComas °
Christine and Henry Morrison
Patricia A. Myers
Jolynne Nieto °
Theresa Palmer °
Elizabeth and Kevin Slimak
Anne Stuart-Veitch and Mia Veitch
Adrian Moore Trask
Anna Marie Ulibarri
United Healthcare Group
Joseph Wasson Jr. °
Lisa Seifert Weigelt
Emily Williams and Frank Volpe
Hugh Witemeyer and Barbara Witemeyer
Katherine and Taylor Wray
In Honor of Shira – with gratitude for her courage and fortitude
In Honor of Mickey Greenberg
Shirley and Burt Politz
In Honor of Alexi Stangel
Leigh and David Lechel
In Memory of Alice and Bernie Weitzman
Donors listed reflect donations made from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. If your name was inadvertently left off of this list, please accept our deepest apologies and inform us immediately.
Keshet is a private, non-profit organization according to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible.
° Indicates all or portion of donation was an In-Kind contribution
WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!
Map and Directions
Map and Directions
4121 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (link to Google Maps)
Cutler is just north of Indian School / just south of Menaul
The cross streets are Morningside and Cutler (Keshet Center for the Arts is on the north side of Cutler, just west of Morningside) Morningside is just west of Washington
If you are heading East on I-40 Take the San Mateo exit and drive briefly north (L) on San Mateo. Turn to the west (L) on Cutler – the first street north of the freeway. Continue on Cutler past Washington, and continue just past Morningside, Keshet Center for the Arts will be on your right.
If you are heading West on I-40 Take the San Mateo exit and continue straight…you are already on Cutler! Continue heading this direction (west) on Cutler past Washington, to Morningside. Keshet Center for the Arts will be on your right.
Awards/Honors and Milestones
Awards/Honors & Milestones
Keshet formally launches the Keshet International Dance Festival with Navarasa Dance Theater’s (India/Boston/LA) world premiere of Snake and Ladder.
With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Keshet launches the first “Keshet Fellowship for Contemporary Dance” with inaugural Fellow, Silva Laukkanen from Austin, TX.
The 20th annual, and finale run of Nutcracker on the Rocks, is presented at the Keshet Center for the Arts with a 26 show run including beautiful cameo appearances from past cast members over the past 20 years.
Shira Greenberg is a recipient of the 2016 Roslyn S. Jaffe Award, supporting everyday heroes who are making a meaningful impact in communities across the U.S., specifically in the areas of health, education, and social reform.
Keshet presents the Rio Grande Movement Collectors Festival, which is the seed that grows the Makers Space Experience at the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Keshet hosts the first Southwest/Mountain States Regional Convening on Adaptive/Inclusive Dance – co-presented by AXIS Dance Company and facilitated by AXIS’s Founder and Director Judith Smith, with performances by DanceAbility and master classes by DanceAbility Founder, Alito Alessi.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides Keshet with seed money to codify the M3 curriculum and launch programming in five pilot communities throughout the U.S. forging partnerships between local dance professionals and the local juvenile justice system of each pilot community.
Shira Greenberg is one of five women nationally to be awarded Traditional Home Magazine’s 2014 Classic Woman Award, recognizing extraordinary women who have made a difference in the lives of their communities.
Keshet provides the rights to Nutcracker on the Rocks to Cohesion Dance Project (Helena, MT), and Cohesion premieres its first annual “Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks” over Thanksgiving weekend.
Keshet is selected as the first place photo winner in TechSoup’s Digital Storytelling Contest.
Keshet closes on the property at 4121 Cutler Ave NE in January, and in August moves in, transforming the former soundstage and adjoining warehouse into the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Keshet is awarded $1,000,000 from the US Department of Economic Development for the creation of the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center at the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Romania’s Ministry of Culture brings Keshet’s Artistic Director to Bucharest to speak with government officials and arts leaders regarding Keshet’s unique arts initiatives and the creation of the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Keshet becomes an ambassador for City of Albuquerque’s Sister Cities Program, building arts and culture relationships with Rehovot, Israel.
Shira Greenberg, Keshet’s Founder and Artistic Director, is recognized as a Top-Performing CEO by New Mexico Business Weekly, honoring CEOs whose leadership has a positive impact on business and communities in New Mexico.
Keshet receives the Ethics in Business Award, recognizing only one non-profit organization within the state which demonstrates business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and civic and social responsibility.
Keshet is nationally recognized as one of 15 youth arts and humanities programs to receive the prestigious 2009 Coming Up Taller Award for its work with incarcerated youth at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center (YDDC). The award is presented by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, at the White House.
Shira Greenberg, Keshet’s Founder and Artistic Director, receives the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, recognizing 20 women within the State who have made exceptional contributions and achievements in improving the status of women in New Mexico.
Shira Greenberg receives the New Mexico Business Weekly’s Women of Influence Award, celebrating women who have made a difference in the community, blazed a trail and left a mark on New Mexico business.
The New Mexico State Legislature passes House Memorial 107 “to commend Keshet Dance Company on its dance programs, its educational and social curricula and its provision of mentorship relationships for incarcerated and paroled youth, all aimed at reducing juvenile recidivism rates.”
Keshet becomes one of only a handful of dance companies within the country to offer full-time employment and benefits to professional dancers and staff. [Only 5% -9% of dance companies in major metropolitan areas are able to pay salaries to their dancers – Dance/USA]Shira Greenberg is named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s 40 Under Forty, recognizing 40 professionals under the age of 40 in the State of New Mexico who “stand out in their fields and are engaged in their communities making New Mexico a better place to live.”
Keshet is awarded the New Mexico Women’s Forum LEAP Award (Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy Program), presented to only one non-profit organization within the State of New Mexico annually.
Keshet is one of only two recognized programs nationwide by the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation for innovative programming – “creating a new dimension of performance and changing people’s lives.”
January 25 (FBG) – Keshet Board and Staff is restructured to insure a focus on mission and programming.
Keshet is awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Keep the Dream Alive Award by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council, Inc. for “creating an environment where the medium of dance is used to build cross-cultural and social bridges to every aspect of society.”
Keshet receives the Albuquerque Arts Alliance’s Bravo Award for Excellence in Dance, determined by public nomination and peer review.
Keshet moves to 214 Coal, which will become its home for the next 13 years.
Keshet receives the National Bravo Network’s “2000 Smart Start – National Arts in Education Award,” awarded by the Bravo Network to only four arts organizations within the United States.
The “Keshet Center for the Arts” business plan is written, mapping the future plans for the organization.
Shira Greenberg discovers the 214 Coal property for lease and begins bugging the realtor, which will continue for the next 3 ½ years, until Keshet finally gets to move into that property.
Keshet premieres Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks at Rodey Theater, with a dedicated cast of 13 dancers, some crazy crew members, and a whole lot of shenanigans.
Keshet Center for the Arts
4121 Cutler Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
505.224.9808 / info@KeshetArts.org
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