about us

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 Community – 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.



Shira Greenberg, Founder and Artistic Director;  Shira@KeshetArts.org

Adrian Moore Trask, Director of Business Advancement;  Adrian@KeshetArts.org

Lindsay Shettlesworth, Human Resources Director, Teaching Faculty;  Lindsay@KeshetArts.org

Joni Thompson, Finance Director;  Joni@KeshetArts.org

Emily Dunkin, Database Manager;  Emily.Dunkin@KeshetArts.org

Carolyn Tobias, Communications Director;  Carolyn@KeshetArts.org

Ana Lopes Arechiga, Community Education Director, Ana@KeshetArts.org

Sarah Gonzales, Pre-Professional Education Director, Sarah@KeshetArts.org

Marissa Reynolds, M3 Education Director, Marissa@KeshetArts.org

Silva Laukkanen , Mixed Ability /Adaptive Education Director, Silva@KeshetArts.org

Tim Wilkins, KCA Director;  Tim.Wilkins@KeshetArts.org

Will Floyd, Facilities/IT Manager;  Will@KeshetArts.org

Vangie Ross, Volunteer Coordinator/ Events Support;  Vangie@KeshetArts.org

Haly Etlantus Shaffer, Program Coordinator & Box Office Manager;  Haly@KeshetArts.org

Sebrena Figueroa, Keshet Concierge;  Sebrena@KeshetArts.org

Company Dancers:

Ana Lopes Arechiga, Ana@KeshetArts.org

Sonia Bologa, Sonia@KeshetArts.org

Gabe Gonzales, Gabe@KeshetArts.org

Sarah Hogland, SarahH@KeshetArts.org

Elysia Pope, Elysia@KeshetArts.org

Marissa Reynolds, Marissa@KeshetArts.org

Teaching Faculty:

Peter Bennett
Alisa Damholt
Haly Etlantus Shaffer
Sonya Garcia
Sarah Gonzales
Nichole Goodmann
Sarah Groth
Samantha Katz
Diana MacNeil
Sophia Phillips
Lindsay Shettlesworth


Board of Directors

Board President: 

Randy Trask, President/CEO, encuentro solutions, inc.

Board Vice President:

Thomas Wolinski, Fiasco Wine


Amy Stangel, Hanseatic Management Services


Sean Herring, Sandia National Laboratories

Members at Large:

Dovya Friedman, Utility Agency

Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet

Liz Groth, Nurse, Presbyterian Health Care

Manuel Montoya, UNM Anderson School of Business

Michael Moxey, New Mexico Dental Association




PRODUCERS ($10,000 +)

CHOREOGRAPHERS ($5,000-$9,999)

DIVAS ($2,500-$4,999)

STARLETS ($1,000-$2,499)

PRINCIPALS ($500-$999)



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.


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

American General Media*

Aroha Philanthropies

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation

Jaynes Corporation*

Jobsite Software Inc.

McCune Charitable Foundation

United Way of Central New Mexico

Stephen and Kristine Wade


Choreographers ($5,000-$9,999)

Bank of America Foundation

New Mexico Arts

Sheila Fortune Foundation

Utility Agency*


Divas ($2,500-$4,999)

City of Albuquerque – Urban Enhancement Trust Fund

Clear Channel Outdoor*

Karen and John Chimarusti

Perry and Margery Pintzow

Whole Foods


Starlets ($1,000-$2,499)

Pat Barrett Photography*

DEA Educational Foundation

Steven Granberg, Attorney at Law

Greenberg/Kornblum Charitable Fund

Green Jeans Farmery

Jewish Federation of New Mexico

Matt Jones

Los Alamos National Bank

Janet McHard*

Lee and Kenneth Moore

New Mexico Mutual

Nusenda Credit Union

Peacock Myers P.C.

Sutin Thayer & Browne, P.C.

Wray & Girard, P.C.


Principals ($500-$999)

Abogado Elias

Diane Albert*

Anthony Williams Law

Burt & Company CPAs

Carroll Strategies

Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez

ExplorAbilities Therapy Center

Sadie Gelb

Tom Greenbaum*

Shira Greenberg and Richard Letscher

Hunter Bower Lumber*

Kid Power Therapy Associates PC

Alice Kilborn*

Muniz Allstate Agency

Bradley Peterson

Eleasia Ross

Sadie’s of New Mexico

Southwest Composite

Scott and Pat Stafford

Stone Age Climbing Gym

Duffy and Jean Ann Swan

Thrive Consulting

Emily Williams

Anastacia Whiteman

In Honor of Jennifer Black

Ed Ripp


Ensemble Members ($100-$499)

Harold Albert

David and Maureen Anderson

Sonia Bologa

Dale Carnegie

Harry and Terry Cohen

Harry Corey

Costco Wholesale Corporation*

Michele Cravens

Laura Devitt

Karleen Dunkin

Elaine and Thomas Ehrhorn

empty house studio*

Sebrena Figueroa

Colleen Grathwol and Scott Ferguson

Marcos Gonzales and Sarah Williams Gonzales

Jennifer Herrera

Sean and Ari Herring

Home Depot – Los Lunas*

Elizabeth Horst

Tim Johnson*

Kelly Jo Designs

Trevor Lewis*

Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig

Mackie Reid & Company

Marble Brewery*

Marty Padilla Academy Mortgage Corporation

Michael McCall

Monica Meyers

Miryam Miller

Miller’s Insulation

Enrique and Claudette Montoya

Jennie Negin and Harold Folley

New Mexico Dancewear

Ocotillo Solar Electric

Ned Omalia

Michael and Linda Platt

PTI Electrical Contractors

Regina Chavez Puccetti and Daniel Puccetti

Andrew G. Rausch Memorial Fund

Red Rock Roasters*

Sarah Resnik

Eugene Ruff-Wagner

Selina Sarmiento

Chris Scharrer*

Vanessa Shackleford

Sign & Image Factory*

Slate Street Café*

Slice Parlor

Southern Wine & Spirits*

Marilyn Strube

John Taschner Estate

Tiaso Artist Collaborative*

The Daily Grind

Tractor Brewing*

Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask

Rileigh Wade

Mary Williams

Linda Zipp

In Memory of Dane Munk

Susanne Brown

In Honor of Shosha Wheeler

Paul Citrin


Stagehands ($1-$99)

ABQ Dukes*

AmazonSmile Foundation

Mark Amo

Paul Andres


Zoey Austin

Alison Bamert

Ela Bildik

Sindy Bolanos

Cristian and Elvine Bologa

Fred and Evelyn Bryant

Christian Bulling

Pauline Cahalan

Barbara and Roscoe Champion

Lisa Chaney

Celedon Chavez

Chevron Corporation

Bob Cianflone

Mary Cianflone and Clayton Meredith

Donut Mart*

Emily Dunkin

Sarah Egelman

Einsteins Bagels on Central*

Einsteins Bagels on Cutler*

Maggie English

Heidi and Jeff Fredine

Felecia Caton Garcia

Stephanie Garcia

Tamara Grybko

Paula Guerrero

Bianca Harle

Rebecca Hartley

AJ Hedrich

Jean Heger

Elizabeth Hillsey

Jennifer Hillsey

Tamara Howard

Judith Brin Ingber*

Rita James and Brian Reinhardt

Shad James

Nancy Jay

Michelle Kassmann*

Kathleen Kinglsey

Amber Krehoff

Silva Laukkanen

Sherry Lewis

Cesar Lopes and Ana Lopes Arechiga

Elise Lowe

Gina Marselle

Mary Matteucci

Karen Mazur

Patrick Miles and Tara Davenport

Matthew J. Nielsen

Jolynne Nieto

Lori Nemeth

Dair Obenshain

Steven O’Callaghan

Theresa Palmer

Jason Parsons

Devi Piper

Burt and Shirley Politz

Elysia Pope

Martin H. Quintana

Sean Reynolds

Jane Resnik

Rhea Riley

Katherine Bartnett Rivas

Ginny Rossberg

Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ*

Kenneth Sanchez

Ron Schranz

Mary Skowlund

Elizabeth Slimak*

Josephine Smith

Robert Smith

Amy Stangel*

Carolyn Tobias

Alissa Trujillo

Wanda Tuck

United Healthcare Group

Richard Van Riper

David Vaughan and Martin Stupich

Janet Vowles

Karen Williams

Hugh & Barbara Witemeyer

Rebekah Wright

Karen “Cal” Wright

In Memory of Dane Christopher Haughton Munk

Christina Radu

Nessa Weinberg


Donors listed reflect donations made from January 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017. If your name was inadvertently left off this list, please accept our deepest apologies and inform us immediately.

Keshet is a private non-profit organization according to section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible.

*Indicates all or portion of donation was an In-Kind contribution


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 Center for the Arts became one of a handful of Choreographic Centers in the nation, and the only of it’s kind to include arts entrepreneur business training in our Makers Space Experience. Ten choreographers from across the USA (arriving in two cohorts) spent 10 days at Keshet Center for the Arts with access to daily rehearsal space, technique classes, business training, and peer support as they developed new work.

Shira Greenberg is one of the first recipients of Women & Creativity’s The Shine Award. The Shine Awards elevate and celebrate the efforts and impact of our community’s women and their contributions to the arts, creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, and shared vision. Shira was recognized for her commitment to the innovative idea that “dance is for everyone,”  which has transformed Albuquerque’s community, creative economy, and the field of dance through the creation of Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts.

Keshet Dance receives the 2018 MINDBODY Visionary Award for being a business that supports our community and makes a positive impact on every person who comes through your doors, honored at the 2018 BOLD conference in San Diego, California.


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.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Keshet Center for the Arts
4121 Cutler Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
505.224.9808 / info@KeshetArts.org

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