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Keshet cultivates personal growth and technical excellence by mentoring, challenging and empowering students through the experience of dance in an inclusive and nurturing environment.

Financial Aid for Classes

Financial Aid for Classes

Youth Scholarships

Keshet’s goal is to ensure that everyone, no matter what ability level or financial status, has the opportunity to dance. Therefore, Keshet offers unlimited, noncompetitive scholarships to youth under 18 participating in the community class program. No one will be turned away and registration is ongoing. Class registrations and youth scholarship applications are accepted throughout each session.  Families are asked to “pay as they are able” and then show support for their children’s classes by fulfilling a small volunteer commitment.

During Keshet’s most recently completed fiscal year, over $70,000 in financial aid was awarded to dancers of all ages. Scholarship applications must accompany a completed class registration form. A scholarship application forms can be completed in person 15 min. prior to the start of class time.

Download Youth Scholarships Paperwork:

Youth-scholarship-application-spring-2017 (Under 18)

Youth Information and Release form_spring-2017

Youth-dance-class-registration-form-spring-2017

Volunteer Skills Interests Availability Form

Adult Work/Study Program (ages 18+)

Keshet is looking for motivated and enthusiastic people to join our support team! Keshet’s Work/Study Program is an exchange of hours worked for hours of dance class on a 1:1 ratio. Therefore, for every hour worked, participants are eligible for one hour of dance instruction within Keshet’s Community Class Schedule. The program runs in tandem with our class sessions. Applicants must be 18 or older to apply and must participate in an interview and orientation/training prior to acceptance into the program. No dance experience is necessary. For more information, call 505.224.9808.

Download Adult Work/Study Paperwork:

Adult Work Study information-2017

Adult Work Study Application-form-2017

Weekly Classes for Youth & Adults

Dance classes ages 2 through Adult: all levels and abilities

Keshet Dance offers community classes for kids (starting at age 2), teens and adults including Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Creative Movement, Adaptive Dance and Fine Wine Dance (Moving FWD for ages 55+).

Unlimited and noncompetitive scholarships are offered to ensure access for all youth under 18 years. Adults in need of financial assistance can participate in the Work/Study Program where volunteer time is traded for class time. All dance classes and dance camps are held at Keshet Center for the Arts (unless otherwise noted); 4121 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque NM 87110, CLICK FOR DIRECTIONS

Winter/Spring Session runs Jan. 9 – May 6, 2017 – registration is ongoing-  Download a PDF HERE – ClassSchedule_WinterSpring2017

Summer Session runs June 5 – August 5, 2017 – Download a PDF HERE Keshet_Class-Schedule_summer-2017.pdf

5 EASY STEPS TO REGISTER FOR DANCE CLASSES

  1. Click the “register for classes online” HERE
  2. Choose “Community Classes” tab or “Dance Camps” tab
  3. Click the “Sign Up Now” button to the left of the class of your choice (tip: use the calendar at the top of the page to advance to a date in the future)
  4. Create an account with the dancer’s name – not the parent’s name. Create a separate account for each dancer.
  5. Follow the prompts

If you are interested in applying for a youth scholarship you must do it in person or on the phone. Download the paperwork ahead of time – HERE Adult Work/Study Program – LEARN MORE

If you do not wish to register online, you can download and bring to Keshet Center for the Arts the following Dance Class Registration and Information Forms:

Dance for Seniors: Fine Wine Dance (Moving FWD) – ages 55+

Keshet’s Fine Wine Dance (Moving FWD) class brings together individuals ages 55+ to explore movement and choreography as a community within an engaging and exciting workshop series.

Learn the building blocks of contemporary dance choreography including:

  • body awareness
  • space mapping
  • movement qualities
  • movement vocabulary
  • performance elements
  • improvisation techniques

Participants in each session will have the opportunity to perform their creative work.

June 5 – August 5 Summer Session: Tuesdays, 9 am – 10:30am – REGISTER HERE

Part of the National “Seeding Artful Aging” initiatives, Fine Wine Dance (Moving FWD) is supported by:

Youth Dance Camps

Youth Dance Camps

Dance camps occur during Spring Break (Albuquerque Public School schedule) and multiple weeks during Summer Break.

5 EASY STEPS TO REGISTER FOR DANCE CAMPS

  1.  Click the “register for classes online” link – HERE
  2. Choose “Dance Camps” tab
  3. Click the “Sign Up Now” button to the left of the class of your choice (tip: use the calendar at the top of the page to advance to a date in the future)
  4. Create an account with the dancer’s name – not the parent’s name. Create a separate account for each dancer
  5. Follow the prompts

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship you must do it in person or on the phone.

SPRING DANCE CAMP (AGES 6-14)

During this fast-paced camp, dancers will learn a little bit of a lot of dance styles.  Dance camp classes will include Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theater.  Campers will perform short pieces for their family and friends at the conclusion of camp!  No experience necessary. Check back for registration details. This camp is held during Albuquerque Public Schools Spring Break.

SUMMER DANCE CAMPS: Register HERE

Registration opens April 1, 2017. These week-long dance camps run 8:30am-4:00pm; Monday through Friday with an end-of-week performance. * Half-day camps are our Little Movers (ages 4-5) and Behind-the-Scenes Creative Tech Camp

In addition to the online registration (above); campers must bring two completed forms with them on the first day of camp:

1). Youth Information and Release form – HERE

2). Camp Registration – HERE

Discounts for multiple camps are offered. One week camp (unless otherwise noted) is $250. Early Bird registration for Summer Camps is $225 prior to 5/22/17. Day Rates and Extended Hours packages are available – please contact Miles@KeshetArts.org for more information

BALLET & CONTEMPORARY DANCE (AGES 6-14) – June 5 -9, 2017

Build the foundations of dance with our expert teachers in ballet and contemporary movement.  Camp will include daily studio instruction in ballet, contemporary, and choreography, as well as a little bit of dance history and a few arts and crafts activities.  Campers will perform short pieces for their family and friends at the conclusion of camp!  No experience necessary.

 JAZZ AND HIP HOP DANCE (AGES 6-14) – June 12-16,2017

Feel the groove with the rhythmic steps and awesome music of Jazz and Hip Hop styles.  Camp will include daily studio instruction in jazz, hip hop, and choreography, as well as a little bit of dance history and a few arts and crafts activities.  Campers will perform short pieces for their family and friends at the conclusion of camp!  No experience necessary.

 MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP (AGES 6-14) – June 19-23, 2017

Build a show! Campers will work throughout the week to build a show from the ground-up.  Camp will include daily studio instruction in jazz dance, plus they will practice their singing and acting, design costumes and sets, and learn a bit of dance and theater history.  Campers will perform their show for their family and friends at the conclusion of camp!  No experience necessary.

 DANCE CAMP RE-MIX (AGES 6-14) – June 26-30, 2017

During this fast-paced camp, dancers will learn a little bit of a lot of dance styles.  Dance camp classes will include Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theater.  Campers will perform short pieces for their family and friends at the conclusion of camp!  No experience necessary.

 CARRIE TINGLEY HOSPITAL FOUNDATION/ KESHET ADAPTIVE DANCE CAMP (AGES 10-18) – July 10-14, 2017

A one week camp designed for dancers with varying levels of physical and developmental abilities.  No previous dance experience is necessary.Camp classes are focused primarily on dance, but campers also will learn about elements of theatre, music and performance production. Campers will take ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop classes throughout the week and learn about rhythms, instruments and voices in a variety of musical styles. Keshet will provide snacks and lunch daily, and each camper will receive a T-shirt! Dance campers will perform a short performance for their family and friends at the conclusion of camp. * sponsored by the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation

BEHIND THE SCENES: CREATIVE TECH CAMP (AGES 10-18) * $150 FOR THE WEEK 12pm – 4pm; July 17-21, 2017

Campers will learn about and gain valuable hands-on experience in multiple aspects of technical theatre & stage production – including lighting and sound design, stage management, production management and costume design.  No experience necessary.

 LITTLE MOVERS DANCE CAMP (AGES 4-5) *$125 FOR THE WEEK 9am – 12pm; July 17-21, 2017

A half-day camp designed just for the youngest dancers.  Dancers will take ballet, contemporary, and jazz classes.  Dancers will perform short pieces that they have learned for their family and friends at the conclusion of camp!

Adaptive Dance Program

Adaptive Dance Program

Keshet’s teaching faculty conducts classes and workshops for youth and adults with varying levels of physical and developmental abilities and dance experience. Keshet pairs dancers in wheelchairs with able-bodied dancers, which often include siblings, parents and peers, to create professional-quality dance works. As a result, dancers and audience members share in the idea of unlimited possibilities through the experience of dance.

“Dancing has changed my life because I feel like I don’t have a disability when I dance.  On stage, I feel free, and I feel beautiful.”
-Tonya, 25

For Adaptive Dance / Physically Integrated Dance Classes, look for the “*” on the current Community Class Schedule: Click here

Youth and Adult Dance Intensives

Youth and Adult Dance Intensives

SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE (AGES 10-ADULT) July 24-28, 2017; 9 am – 1 pm

Designed for motivated and experienced dancers, attendees will take daily classes in contemporary, ballet, jazz and hip hop, refining technique while broadening understanding of various dance styles. Dancers must have significant prior training in contemporary and/or ballet in order to attend this Intensive. This is a great way to kick of the school year pre-professional training season!

Cost $150 for the week – REGISTER HERE

Guest Artist Master Classes

With Keshet’s International Dance Festival and Makers Space, various guest artists from across the globe come to Keshet Center for the Arts to create and/or showcase work. Guest Artist Master Classes are open to the public. For details on Master Class Schedules – CLICK HERE

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Keshet in the Community

Since its inception in 1996, Keshet’s talented teaching faculty has been connecting community members with dance in an effort to build a stronger community. Programming includes workshops, classes, and performances in libraries, youth shelters, detention centers, schools and community centers throughout New Mexico. Participants in Keshet’s Community Engagement gain self-confidence and self-discipline by challenging themselves to use their bodies in new ways and by working together with instructors and other participants.

Keshet’s on-going community engagement includes:

M3 Program at Youth Diagnostic and Development Center (YDDC)/Foothill High School

Keshet’s outreach facilitators teach daily dance classes as part of the high school curriculum on site at YDDC, New Mexico’s state juvenile detention facility, using dance to teach literacy skills, math skills and conflict resolution skills. Keshet also has a pre-release and post-release program to continue mentoring students while they transition out of the facility, providing a structured mentorship program through the parole and reintegration process. – LEARN MORE [link to M3]

Title 1 Homeless Project

The Title 1 Homeless Project is an after-school program that provides academic tutoring and a hot meal to homeless children in Albuquerque. As part of the program, Keshet’s outreach facilitators teach 8-10 classes per week at elementary, middle and high schools throughout the city, reaching approximately 250 homeless youth annually.

“Keshet has brought joy to our students. You have enriched our children’s lives significantly.” – Helen Fox and Katy Braziel, Title I Homeless Project Coordinators

Adult Support Services

Keshet faculty teach a weekly creative movement class at Keshet Center for the Arts for partners who provide assistance to adults with disabilities.

Booking Keshet

Keshet customizes programs to meet the needs of the participating organization. Keshet is always looking for ways to provide more community members with the opportunity to dance. If you know of an organization that may be interested in Keshet’s Community Engagement, please contact us at 505-224-9808 or email our Education Director,Nichole@KeshetArts.org

Examples of Community Engagement classes include: senior activity centers, pre-schools, high school dance teams, homeschool groups, City of Albuquerque – library classes

“Keshet Dance is an excellent example of using the arts to help our young people help themselves.” Alexander D. Crary, Former Chief of Staff, National Endowment for the Arts