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 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

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

Director of Programming, Lindsay Shettlesworth*, Lindsay@KeshetArts.org

Events Director, Emily Dunkin, Emily.Dunkin@KeshetArts.org

Communications Director, Carolyn Tobias, Carolyn@KeshetArts.org

Online Media Manager, Elysia Pope*, Elysia@KeshetArts.org

Finance Director, Mary Cianflone, Mary@KeshetArts.org

Facilities Director, Clayton Meredith, Clayton@KeshetArts.org

Volunteer Coordinator, Vangie Ross, Vangie@KeshetArts.org

Keshet Concierge, Sebrena Figueroa, Sebrena@KeshetArts.org

School & Community Engagement Director, Ana Lopes Arechiga*, Ana@KeshetArts.org

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

Pre-Professional Programs Director, Sarah Gonzales*, Sarah@KeshetArts.org

KCA Director/ Production Manager, Tim Wilkins, Tim.Wilkins@KeshetArts.org

Business Advancement Coordinator, Doris Zhang, Doris@KeshetArts.org

Student Information Manager, Miles Firkins, Miles@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, Elysia Pope*, Elysia@KeshetArts.org

Company Dancer, Marissa Reynolds*, Marissa@KeshetArts.org

Adjuct Company Dancer, Shane Montoya*,uhfkrew@gmail.com

Teaching Faculty:

Ana Lopes Arechiga*

Mariah Baker

Peter Bennett

Sonia Bologa*

Bekah Chavez

Sean Dahlberg

Alisa Damholt

Miles Firkins*

Angel Gomez

Gabriel Gonzales*

Sarah Gonzales*

Nichole Goodmann

Samantha Katz

Silva Laukkanen*

Marta Lichlyter

Shane Montoya*

Corey Nagel

Elysia Pope*

Antonio Quintana

Marissa Reynolds*

Lindsay Shettlesworth*

* teaching faculty in addition to other roles


Board President: 

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

Board Vice President:

Sean Herring, Sandia National Laboratories


Amy Stangel, Hanseatic Management Services


Dovya Friedman, Utility Agency

Members at Large:

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

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Aroha Philanthropies

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation

City of Albuquerque

DanceUSA / Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Dizzy Feet Foundation

Hampton Inn University Midtown °

Isora Foundation

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

 CHOREOGRAPHERS ($5,000-$9,999)

 Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

New Mexico Arts

Nusenda Credit Union Foundation

Sheila Fortune Foundation

Kristine and Stephen Wade °

Whole Foods

 DIVAS ($2,500-$4,999)

 Bernalillo County

City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund

Jaynes Corporation °

Peacock Myers, PC °

Mark Hartman

Jennifer Moore Plane

Margery and Perry Pintzow

 STARLETS ($1,000-$2,499)

 Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation

Abogado Elias

Anthony Williams Law °


Consulate General of Israel Houston

Merrie Courtright

DKD Electric

Mickey Greenberg

Green Jeans Farmery

Hancock Family Foundation

Emily Harmon

Harnisch Family Foundation Inc.

David Elias Idinopulos

The Kemtah Group

Richard Letscher and Shira Greenberg

Julia Maccini

Janet McHard and Beth Mohr

Mackie, Reid, and Company

Molzen Corbin & Associates

Yashoda Naidoo

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)

Tom Wolinski

Utility Agency °

Wray & Girard, P.C.

 PRINCIPALS ($500-$999)

 American General Media°


Burt & Company CPAs, LLC

Tanya and Pat Call

Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez

Karleen Dunkin

Encuentro, Inc.

Sebrena Figueroa

French Funerals & Cremations

Jewish Federation of New Mexico

Kelly Jo Designs & Which Wich

Kelly, Matt and Claudia Kuchar

Michael McCall

Miryam Miller

OGB Architectural Millwork

Jason Parsons

Bradley Peterson

Brad Raisher and Melissa Freeman

Red Rock Roasters


Southern Wine & Spirits°

Southwest Composites

Samantha Updegraff and Loren Updegraff °

Western States Fire Protection

Marla Wood and Bruce Malott

Debra Yoshimura

 In Honor of Sheri Book

Wally Book

In Memory of Sheri Book

Brian Tyree and Sandra McDonald


 Wendy Paige Abrams

Harold Albert

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

Frances Chance

Celedon Chavez

Cate Clark

Peggy Clark

Brian Colon

Katherine Costa

The Daily Grind

Michael and Linley Daly & Family

Karleen Dunkin °

Kim Eagle

Betsy Levy Ehrenberg

Thomas Ehrhorn

Richard and Mildred Elrick

empty house studio

ExplorAbilities Therapy Center

Gregg Franklin and Mara Malnekoff

Jeff and Heidi Fredine

Colleen Grathwol and Scott Ferguson

Barbara Greenberg

Andrea Greenberg

Angela Griego

Todd Goldblum and Barbra Einhorn

Marcos Gonzales

Stefan and Mindy Gutow

Intel °

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

Susan Keith

KidPower Therapy Associates PC

Randee Killeen

Teena and Jerry King °

Cindy Leos

Evelyn Linzy

Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley P.A.

Anastacia Lopez

Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig

Angus Macpherson

Meghan MacQueen

Stephen and Alice Maechtlen

Marian Matthews°

Michael Moxey

Musical Theater of the Southwest °

Jennie Negin

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 °

Sarah Resnik

Kattia Rojas °

Eleasia and Michael Ross

Eugene Ruff-Wagner and Fancy Ruff-Wagner

Beverly Salas

Selina Sarmiento

Vanessa Shackleford

Cheryl Silcox

Bret Snyder

Southern Wine & Spirits °

Southwest Mail Center °

Charles Stephen and Company, Inc.

Stone Age Climbing Gym

Lynn Trojahn/Thrive Consulting °

RiLeigh Wade °

Walmart Foundation

Anastacia Whitman

Karen Williams

Karen Wright

You & Me Productions  °

In memory of Robert Clark and honor of Kyara Casillas

Peggy Clark

In Honor of Janet McHard

Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley P.A.

In Honor of Lloyd Orr and Jackie Hall

Lynne Orr

On Behalf of Lindsay Shettlesworth

Charles Stephen and Company, Inc.

In Memory of Shira’s Safta and Saba

Nancy Smith

On Behalf of Alexi Stangel

Amy & Brian Stangel



Amazon Smile

Ellen and Paul Andres

Jon Bell

Zachary Benjamin and Magdalena Viera-Benjamin

Christian Bulling and Michele Bulling

Ken Carpenter

Lisa Chaney

Neal Copperman °

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Levi Dewerd

Tammy Dunham

Abraham and Linda Ettedgui

Kimberly Fincher

Beth Fitzwater

Mary Fitzwater

Josie and Michael Garcia

Bertram Getzug

Ronni and Roy Goforth °

Sarah Gravning °

Harley and Ellen Greenberg

Tom Guralnick°

Darren Heinz

Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera

Emunah Herzog

Celeste Hime and David Penasa

Tanner Hirakida

Perrianne Houghton

Nancy Jay

Sarah Jones

Mary Ellen and Chet Karnas

Patricia Kenton and Phil Politz

Gena Kirby

Ellen Kleinbaum

Aaron and Kristle Kugler

Danielle Kuna

Jami Porter Lara and Kathy Brown

Mary and Brian Matteucci

Kathy McClendon

Virginia and David McGirk

Clayton Meredith

Patrick Miles and Tara Davenport

Monica McComas °

Christine and Henry Morrison

Patricia A. Myers

Jolynne Nieto °

Luis Oaxaca

Theresa Palmer °

Joanna Prukop

Marcia Rosenstein

Elizabeth and Kevin  Slimak

Sharlee Spalding

Anne Stuart-Veitch and Mia Veitch

Adrian Moore Trask

Anna Marie Ulibarri

United Healthcare Group

Joseph Wasson Jr. °

Water, Singing-on-The-Rocks

Lisa Seifert Weigelt

Emily Williams and Frank Volpe

Jorgie Winsberg

Hugh Witemeyer and Barbara Witemeyer

Katherine and Taylor Wray

Jennifer Yildiz

Linda Zipp

In Honor of Shira – with gratitude for her courage and fortitude

Emunah Herzog

In Honor of Mickey Greenberg

Shirley and Burt Politz

In Honor of Alexi Stangel

Leigh and David Lechel

Amy Stangel

In Memory of Alice and Bernie Weitzman

Bertram Getzug


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


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.

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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