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About Keshet 


Rooted in dance, mentorship, and a welcoming space for the arts, Keshet activates community and fosters unlimited possibilities through education, engagement, innovation, and the pursuit of justice.


To celebrate the art of dance and be a welcoming home for the intersection of the arts, artists, and audience; actuating a flourishing environment for empowered individuals, nurtured communities, and sustained equity.


Housed at the Keshet Center for the Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and founded in 1996, the heart of our organization is Keshet Dance Company, a core group of professional dance artists, who creatively feed and are fed by four intersecting areas of community impact: Social Justice through Dance, the Business of Art, Community Dance Education, and Contemporary Dance Performance


The Company consists of movement artists who find their truest selves in the art of dance. The professional dance artists that bring life to Keshet Dance Company brilliantly remove the boundaries between “dance” and “community,” and they can usually be found sharing movement, mentorship, and laughter with each other; with visiting artists; with students of all ages, abilities and spaces; and with communities near and far.


30,000 sq. ft. of pure fun with studios, theater, gift shop, costume shop, community gathering spaces, and wearing the largest mural in the State of New Mexico. Keshet Center for the Arts is proud to be an anchor organization in the Midtown Arts and Entertainment District.

Community Impact Areas


Keshet’s Arts and Justice Initiatives work with a broad range of community partners at the intersection of arts and juvenile justice who envision a future where youth are empowered, and where the systems that serve them are transformed, centering the arts as a way to build the well-being of young people and their communities. Keshet’s work in this area includes:

  • Dance programming for incarcerated and paroling youth;
  • Post-release transition and detention alternatives support, through arts programming and mentorship;
  • Field research supporting policy and advocacy efforts towards meaningful systems change; and
  • Community conversations and learning opportunities centering youth voices with an eye towards resource connectivity across social sector and government agencies.


The Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) champions the value of the artist and the arts economy. Through KIIC, Keshet:

  • Offers arts business classes for arts entrepreneurs throughout the year, and
  • Facilitates various artist residencies, providing access to rehearsal and performance space for movement artists.


Everyone can dance!

  • Keshet classes are available to all levels, ages, and abilities; from age 2 to 102.
  • To break down economic barriers to dance, Keshet offers unlimited, non-competitive scholarships through a sliding scale payment structure.
  • While many of Keshet’s dance education opportunities are multi-generational, we also offer specific programs for young dancers, pre-professional students, professional dancers, novice adults, older adults, dancers with disabilities, and more.


Keshet engages audiences in a wide range of contemporary dance performance experiences and opportunities.

  • Local performances range from community-wide collaborative productions to national and international visiting guest artists.
  • Keshet on tour brings the unique work of the Keshet company to regional, national, and international communities. 


Board of Directors

Board President: 

Manuel Montoya, Associate Professor of International Management and Global Structures,
Chair of Creative Enterprise, University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management

Immediate Past Board President:

Tom Wolinski, Fiasco Fine Wine

Board Vice President:

Dovya Friedman, Owner/CEO, Utility Agency & DLF Branding


Vanessa Shackleford, Program Analyst, Dept of Energy, Leidos

Members at Large:

Arlyn Crow, Adams + Crow Law Firm

Rabbi John T. Feldman, Professor, University of New Mexico Law School; Mediator; Musician

Randy Trask, New Mexico International Trade Alliance

Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet



Thank you to these amazing Corporate Fans for your support!

Corporate Fans are businesses and individuals who support Keshet and connect to community members and art enthusiasts through sponsorship of Keshet’s ongoing, virtual and in-person performance season. Learn more by emailing Advancement@KeshetArts.org.

Thank you to these amazing Funders for your support!

Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • E.A. Michelson Philanthropy
  • BNSF Railway Foundation
  • Nusenda Foundation
  • Sandia Foundation’s Hugh and Helen Woodward Fund of the Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Sheila Fortune Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation


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 make a difference in supporting “unlimited possibilities” in Calendar Year 2021 (January 1 – December 31, 2021).

* All or a portion of the gift is in-kind
~ Sustainers Club member

If you made a donation in 2021 and don’t see yourself listed, please send a message to  sebrena@keshetarts.org.

PRODUCERS ($10,000+)

Albuquerque Community Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation


Bernalillo County – Economic Development Department

City of Albuquerque – Economic Development Department*

E.A. Michelson Philanthropy

Groovy Avocado, LLC

Maurice Amado Foundation

Mellon Foundation

Nina Kane*

New Mexico Finance Authority

Sandia Foundation

The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc

New Mexico Arts, a Division of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts

New Mexico Collaborative Zone Fund

United Way of Central New Mexico

US Small Business Administration

Western States Art Federation

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

City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund

Cumulus Media (770 KKOB)*

Eurasia Foundation

Rick Letscher and Shira Greenberg*~

New England Foundation for the Arts

Nusenda Credit Union Foundation

PNM Resources Foundation

Vintage Albuquerque

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

Adams + Crow Law Firm

BNSF Railway Foundation

Robert and Janet Ford

Mark Hartman

New Mexico Humanities Council

Sheila Fortune Foundation

Marla Wood

Anonymous Donor

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

A+ Marketing Consultants*

Albuquerque Academy

Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe

Anonymous (2)

Dana and Justin Ball*

Pat Berrett*

Lani and James Casady


Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez

Merrie Courtright

Dan and Karen Gelb*

Aaron Hendren*

Lovelace Health System

New Mexico Trade Alliance*

Peacock Law P.C.*

Bradley Peterson

Jennifer Moore Plane

Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Santa Fe Community Foundation

Southwest Mail Center*

Sutin, Thayer & Browne, P.C.

Thomas Wolinski~

Principals ($500-$999)

Meghan Armstrong*

David Bernstein and Erika Rimson

Wally Book

Classical KHFM (95.5)*

The Daily Grind

Anthony (Tony) Girard, in loving memory of Valerie Girard

Green Jeans Farmery

Emily and Aarand Harmon-Pierce

Jewish Federation of New Mexico

KidPower Therapy Associates PC

Lone Sun Builders

Julia Maccini

Michael McCall

Beth Mohr and Janet McHard

Virginia Molina

Manuel Montoya~

Doug Moore, in memory of Mom Millie Moore, a lover of dance and musical movies and theatre

New Mexico Bank and Trust

New Mexico Dancewear*

R&R GoForth Remodeling

Brad Raisher and Melissa Freeman

Red Rock Roasters*

Selina Sarmiento

Lindsay and Alan Shettlesworth

Stone Age Climbing Gym

Thrive Consulting

Utility Agency*

Wayward Sons Craft-Distillery*

Ensemble Members ($100-$499)

Harold and Carole Albert

Elisha and Kashia Allen

Cynthia Allison and Cari Kerkhoff

Amazon Smile

American Online Giving Foundation

Anonymous (4)

Penina Ballen

Stanley and Judith Bechtol

Cristian and Elvine Bologa

Burt & Company CPAs, LLC

Car Crafters, Inc.

Carroll Strategies

Frances Chance

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Roy Courtright

Carolyn Dorfman

Karleen Dunkin*

Sarah Egelman and Daniel Clark~

Joan Eilers, in honor of Laurel Deans

John and Carol Feldman

Heather Garcia in honor of her Aunt Colleen Grathwol

Kathryn Fleddermann*

Garcia’s Kitchen*

V and Roy Goforth~

Sen. Roberto & Mrs. Charlene Gonzales, in honor of Sarah Gonzales

Jim and Ann Gosack

Colleen Grathwol and Scott Ferguson

Tom Greenbaum

Andy Greenberg and Alex Wellins, in memory of Philip Greenberg

Barbara Greenberg

Bianca Harle and Robert Love

Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera

Ari and Sean Herring

Matthew Hess~

Tobias Hoellrich

Andrew Hsi

Toni Hubbert

Bob Hume

Lauren and Justin Hyde

Intel Foundation

Vanessa Jacobsohn and Edgar Solis

Rita James and Brian Reinhardt*

Joyce Jaramillo

Matt Jones

Norty and Summers Kalishman

Shelley and Herb Koffler

Granberg Law

Ana and Cesar Lopes Arechiga

Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig

Mary Mackie

Douglas Madison

Alice Maechtlen

Tamra Mason

John McCorkell and Diane Cress

Christine and Nicholas Moore

Andie Mungle

Jennie Negin and Harold Folley

Laura Nitsos

Theresa Palmer and Kurt Christopher~

Janice and Stuart Paster

Elisa Paster

PayDay HCM

Deborah Peacock and Nate Korn

Karen Pound

PTI Electrical Contractors

Regina Chavez Puccetti and Daniel Puccetti

Sarah Resnik

Carmela Romero

Robert Rosenberg and Jane Wishner

Jane and Russell Resnik

Arlene Safier

Ronna Schelby

Erlinda Sedillo and Isaac Chavez

Lisa Seifert Weigelt

Vanessa Shackleford

Mary Ellen and Ron Shettlesworth

Sign & Image Factory, LLC*

Lisa Smith

Alexandra and Robert Smith

Dr. James and Joanne Smith

Kristi Standoli

Mark and Donia Steele

Sunny 505

Terry Swack and Louis Weitzman

Carolyn J. and Matthew Tobias~

Token Ibis

Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask~

Tami Trask

Daniel and Ovidiu Viorica and Rebecca Hartley

VMWare Foundation

The Honorable Marie Ward

Wayne Weigelt

Whitener Law Firm P.A.

Cal & Mo Taylor Wright

Judith Yandoh

Stagehands ($1-$99)

Effie Abrams

Anonymous (6)*

Dora Bayliss

Sarah Bennett*

BFS Propane*

Caul Blakley

Debbie Boggus

Sonia Bologa

Lynne Bombach

Lorie Brau

Merna Brostoff

Emily Bryant

Jess Calero

Layne Campbell Rincon

Lindsay Chambers, in loving memory of Margaret (Peggy) Bennett

Lisa Chaney

Bradford Chin

Harry and Terry Cohen

Donald Cole, in honor of Kristie Brown

Brian S. and Aleli Colon

Pam Colton

Susan and Randy Cooper

Virgil Coriz

Phil and Krys Custer

Kim DeLeon

Barbara Egelman

Kenney Elkomous

Danielle Estabrook

Abraham and Linda Ettedgui, in honor of Shira Greenberg

Sebrena Figueroa

Bette Fleishman

Cynthia Florence

Dovya Friedman and George Hausner

Renai Gallagher

Dov Gartenberg

Sadie Gelb

Spencer Gerwin

Cheryl Gibson

Don Gibson

Joyce Goetz, in memory of Margaret (Peggy) Bennett

Ellen and Harley Greenberg

Gina Heise

Kristy Hinsch

Martha Hughes

Jesse and Trista Jackson

Lori Jameson

Neil Kaminsky

Christi Kemprecos

Linda King


Karin Lawton

Michael Layton

Becky Lee

Donna Lisotto, in honor of Olivia Warner-Love

Melodi Maker

Sandra Marroquin-Evans and Marc Evans

Virginia Marshall

Sharon Mason

Zoe Mattioli

Margaret Maynard

Eric Mazzie

Kathy McClendon

Melissa McCue

Shannon McKigney

Paul McKinney

Clayton Meredith and Mary Cianflone

Joan Miller

Allison Muenzer

Barbara Myers


P. Myers

Faye Nitcznski

Luis Oaxaca and Maria Diaz

Evelyn Okamoto

Chanty Oun

Janice Palmer

Angela Payne-Martinez

Nina Plevin

Burt and Shirley Politz

Miranda Portillo

Nataley Quintana

Terra Reed

Edward Ripp

Margaret Roberts, in honor of Sage and Rachel Templeton

Johannah Saavedra

Fred Samia*

Skip Sayre

Erika Schelby

Larry Sklar and Alison Franks

Ethel Smith

Nancy Smith, in memory of Bert Getzug

Rebecca Smith

Ana Stanley*

Herbert Strassberg

Abe and Sandra Tapia

Sheriden Thomas

Kristine Tollestrup

Howard Tomar and Judith Smith

Alissa and Mathew Trujillo

Janine Tursini, in honor of Adrian Moore Trask’s commitment to the arts!

Kenn Watt

Western New Mexico University*

Dorotha Wheeler

Hugh and Barbara Witemeyer

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


With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Keshet launches the Arts and Justice Network.

Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts was voted the Best Local Nonprofit Brand, by finalist selection through the American Marketing Assoication and then through community votes with the B2B Expo NM.


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.

Land Acknowledgement


Land Acknowledgement

At Keshet, we believe that one of the roles of the arts is to make visible that which others have tried to make invisible. We also believe that it is not the responsibility of those whom others have attempted to make invisible to remind us that they are still here. 

 Therefore, as a committed ally and as artists, Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts wishes to acknowledge and recognize the Indigenous people and place where we stand, and the traditional, contemporary, and future lands of the Pueblo, Ancestral Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and other Indigenous peoples who have had, and will have, a presence in New Mexico and who have in the past, and will in the future, travel this land. 

We give gratitude to the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. 

We pay our respects and honor their ancestors past, present, and future, and recognize their continued existence and contributions to our society.

We would also like to acknowledge the many peoples who did not arrive on this land by choice. We welcome everyone, however you arrived here, in this space, today and always.

Please take a moment to honor these ancestral grounds, to reflect on the complicated history of these lands which we gather on today, and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the peoples of these lands.


Thank you to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Tricklock Company, and the New England Foundation for the Arts / National Dance Project for their contributions to the development of this statement.

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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