about us

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 by three intersecting program areas: Education and Engagement, encompassing classes and performances for all ages and abilities, the Ideas and Innovation Community, a business resource center and residency-based makerspace for arts entrepreneurs, and Arts and Justice Initiatives, including juvenile justice direct service, research/data, policy/advocacy, and community connectivity.


Professional movement artists from all over the world who find their truest selves in the art of dance, and who work and live in Albuquerque, NM, creating and sharing contemporary dance and facilitating meaningful community programming. Our Company Dancers facilitate community programming while also honing their craft and artistry. The professional dance artists who bring life to Keshet Dance Company brilliantly remove the boundaries between “dance” and “community,” and can usually be found sharing movement, mentorship, and laughter with each other, visiting artists, students of all ages, abilities and spaces, and communities near and far.


30,000 sq. ft. of pure fun and wearing the largest mural in the State of New Mexico! Keshet Center for the Arts is home to 6 studios, a 240-seat theater, community gathering spaces, and is a bustling, welcoming space for all! Keshet Center for the Arts is proud to be an anchor organization in the Midtown Arts and Entertainment District.


Everyone can dance! Keshet classes are available to all levels, ages, and abilities; from age 2 to 102. To remove economic barriers, Keshet offers all classes and performances on a sliding scale with $0 options for all, ensuring unlimited, noncompetitive scholarships for all.
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’s full production season engages audiences in a wide range of dance performance experiences and opportunities. Local performances range from community-wide collaborative productions to national and international visiting guest artists.


The Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) champions the value of the artist and the arts economy. Through KIIC, Keshet offers invaluable arts business classes for arts entrepreneurs focusing on topics such as Grant Writing, Marketing & Branding, Financial Management, Intellectual Property Law, and more. A core component of KIIC are the makerspace residencies, providing access to rehearsal and performance space for movement artists, along with peer support and business mentorship.


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 internships and peer-led support; 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.

Uniting the arts, the artist and the audience, Keshet invites you to experience and be inspired by bold explorations of movement and celebrations of community!

Board of Directors

Board President: 

Marla Wood, Community Volunteer

Immediate Past Board President:

Manuel Montoya, University of New Mexico
Presidential Teaching Fellow, Associate Professor of Economics

Board Vice President:

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


Vanessa Shackleford, Program Analyst, Dept of Energy, Sandia National Labs

Members at Large:

Samantha Adams, Founding Partner, Adams & Crow Law Offices
Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet Dance Company    
Nicholas Pope, Teaching Faculty, Albuquerque Public Schools, 21st Century Public Academy
Benjamin Rose, GM/CEO Fiasco Fine Wines
Tom Wolinski, Co-Owner, Flask, Inc.



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 performance season. Click here to learn more!

2024 Spring/Summer Corporate Fans

Thank you to these amazing Funders for your support!


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 2023 (January 1 – December 31, 2023).

*In Kind (indicates some or all of gift in-kind)
~ Sustainers Club Member
+ denotes Corporate Fan
^ ABQ Wine Classic Sponsor

If you made a donation in CY2023 and don’t see yourself listed, please contact info@KeshetArts.org

PRODUCERS ($10,000+)

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Albuquerque the Magazine*^

Anonymous (3)

Pat Berrett*

City of Albuquerque Department of Arts and Culture

City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund

Hampton Inn*

Magic 99.5 / 96.3 News Radio KKOB*^

National Endowment for the Arts

New England Foundation for the Arts / National Dance Project

New Mexico Humanities Council

New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Department (NM ORD) 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Detention Prevention (OJJDP)

PNC Foundation

PNM Resources Foundation

Sandia Foundation

Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation

State of New Mexico – Department of Cultural Affairs

U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration

United Way of North Central New Mexico

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

Albertsons Market / Market Street^

Albuquerque Business First*^

Dance Medicine New Mexico*+

Drs. David and Sandra Davis

Frontier Restaurant^

Alberto Gutierrez*

Hotel Andaluz*^

Perrianne Houghton – In Memory of Dane C. Houghton Munk

Meow Wolf Foundation

Nusenda Credit Union^

River Terrace Inn*^

Sheila Fortune Foundation

Cate Stetson*

Stetson Law Offices PC^


The Albuquerque Journal / Starline Printing LLLP*^

Kris and Stephen Wade

Dr. Byron Wall and Cindy Hernandez Wall*^

DIVAS ($2,500 – $4,999)

A+ Marketing Consultants*+

Sam Adams and Arlyn Crow

Adams + Crow Law Firm+^

William and Paula Bradley*

Branch Law Firm^

Dr. Christopher Buttner, DDS^

City Different Investments^

New Mexico Managing Partner Brian Colón and the team at Singleton Schreiber LLP+

Doug Diefenthaler*

Charles and Eugenia Eberle*

Edible New Mexico*^

Edward Jones^

FBT Architects^

Flask, Inc

Garcia Automotive Group^

Mickey Greenberg and Shelley Kornblum

Jaynes Corporation^

Brad Karp*

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm*

Karen Lynch*

Manuel Montoya and Ronda Brulotte*~

New Mexico Dancewear*

Rotary Del Norte Foundation, Inc.

Santa Fe Chef*

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits*^

Sunstate Solar^

Peter and Mary Tannen*

Tesuque Stucco^

The Pushkin Group LTD*

Utility Agency*+

Steven and Linda Wedeen*

Thomas Wolinski and Michelle Vigil*~

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

Albuquerque Academy+

Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café+

Anonymous (2)

John and Heather Badal

Arthur Bankhurst*

Cricket Bouajila in honor of Steve Zabinzky

James Campbell Caruso*

Champagne Lanson*

Charles Neal Selections*

Anita Chou*

Jeanette Cook*

Merrie Courtright

Michael and Linley Daly

John and Cookie Emerson

Glenn Felty and Kim Lovedahl

Marie Gorence and Kip Koech*~

Erik Harrigan*

Rock Lawrence

Kelly Lawrence

Lone Sun Builders+

Gina and Sean McCabe

Scott McIntyre*

Jennifer Moore Plane

Dr. Steve Padilla*

Bradley Peterson

Mark Rainosek*

Shannon Rainosek

Ridge Vineyards*^

Byron Rudolph*

Mary Ellen and Ron Shettlesworth

Stone Age Climbing Gym+

Sutin, Thayer & Browne, P.C.+

The Bad Company+

The Compound Restaurant*

Kerry and Todd Trautwein

W. Vinson Walden

Dr. Linda Zipp and Michael Amato

Principals ($500-$999)

Harold and Carole Albert


Ashes and Diamonds Winery*

Dana and Justin Ball

Racquel Barnes

Mike Boice

Wally Book

Car Crafters, Inc.+

Chappellet Winery*

Dark Mark Arts+

Kim DeLeon*

Yield Giving 

Julie Flaherty*

Dan Friedman

Dovya Friedman and George Hausner*

Justina Grant

Green Jeans Food Hall+

Hanseatic Management Services, Inc.

Bob Hume~

KidPower Therapy Associates PC+

Rick Letscher and Shira Greenberg~ – In loving memory of Emily Bryant

Geoffrey and Ellen Mather

Dan Merians*

Miryam Miller

Beth Mohr and Janet McHard

Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez

Mary Anne Newhall

Greg O’Byrne*

Peacock Law P.C.+

Presbyterian Healthcare Services+

Brad Raisher and Melissa Freeman

Red Rock Roasters*+

Edward Ripp, Bookseller*

Robert Rosenberg and Jane Wishner

Jason Schrank and Jennifer Kelly

Lindsay Shettlesworth / Q Realty+

Susan Soliz

Solstar Space Co+

Southwest Mail Center*

The Daily Grind*+

Thrive Consulting+

Ted and Lori Waldon

Shep and Leslie Weinstein

Stephanie and Anthony Williams

Tasha Zonski-Armijo

Ensemble Members ($100-$499)

Elisha and Kashia Allen

Amazon Smile


Anthony Anella AIA

Aurora Borealis Glassworks LLC*

Dana and Justin Ball*

Penina Ballen

Brian Barnett

Betty’s Bath & Day Spa*

Bitter End Bitters*

Cristian and Elvine Bologa


Janet Braziel and Robert Lynn*

Tara Brinduse

Anne Chamberlin

Judith Chazin-Bennahum and David Bennahum

Mary Chilcoat*

Thomas and Mary Cooley

Cox Family Fund

David Daniell

Kim DeLeon*

Dion’s Pizza*

Christina Donley

Greg Dorr and Sally Sacco

Kayvan Ellini

Jan Erickson

Etkie, LLC*

Fiasco Fine Wine LLC*

Giuliana Imports*

Sen. Roberto “Bobby” & Charlene Gonzales

Gena and Adrian Goodson

Jim and Ann Gosack

Colleen Grathwol and Scott Ferguson*

Granberg Law+

Barb Greenberg

Andy Greenberg and Alex Wellins – In loving memory of Rose Goldsteen

Ellen and Harley Greenberg

Adam and Jill Harrington

Alisa Hart -In memory of Jack and Sandy Mackston

Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera

Republic National Distributing Company*

Ari and Sean Herring

Matthew Hess~

Lauren Hyde

Jesse and Trista Jackson

Joyce Jaramillo

Debbie Johnson

Norty and Summers Kalishman

Chet and Mary Ellen Karnas

Gael Keyes*

KidPower Therapy Associates PC+

Valerie Kolbert

La Reforma*

Kurt Larson*

Karin Lawton

Left Turn Distilling*

Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig

Douglas Madison

Alice Maechtlen

Esther Mata-Rearick

Kathy McClendon

John McCorkell and Diane Cress

Jessica McKeon*

Donna and George Milanovich

Nicole Mondragon

Adrian Montgomery

Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez

Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask~

Mary and Ron Moy


Jennie Negin and Harold Folley

New Mexico United*

Laura Nitsos

Rob and Beth O’Leary*

Valery Ortiz-Baca

Theresa Palmer and Kurt Christopher*~

Janice and Stuart Paster

Elisa Paster

Anthony Patterson*

Deborah Peacock and Nate Korn

Glen Phillips

Nicholas and Michelle Pope*

Karen Pound

Jonathan Priest and Claudia Valles

Sarah Resnik

Erika Rimson and David Bernstein

Rodney Bowe Consulting*

Sarah Rogala

Rolling Still Spirits*

Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ*

Ruthie’s Bagels*

Santa Fe Pro Musica*

Selina Sarmiento – in memory of Ygnacio Sarmiento Jr

Neno Segura

Susan Selbin

Vanessa Shackleford

Sheehan Winery*

Worth Shepherd

Lindsay and Alan Shettlesworth

RJ and Jeff Smith~

Dr. James and Joanne Smith

Solstar Space Co+

Sukhmani Home*

Synergy Fine Wines*

Roger and Maggie Tannen

The Taylor Wright Family

Carolyn and Matthew Tobias*~

Alana Tobias

Token Ibis

Kerry and Todd Trautwein

Alissa and Mathew Trujillo

Tumbleroot Brewery*

Janine Tursini – In Honor of Adrian Moore Trask

Evelyn Tuttle

VARA Winery & Distillery*

Michael Vigil*

Ovidiu Viorica & Rebecca Hartley and Daniel Viorica

VMWare Foundation

Wayward Sons Craft-Distillery*

Weems Gallery and Framing*

Terry Swack and Louis Weitzman

Felicia and Todd White

Marla Wood

Stagehands ($1-$99)

Krystal Abad and Curtis Baird*

Elizabeth Alococer

Anonymous (3)

Elizabeth Arnold and Kemper Barkhurst

Donna Barra

Evening Star Barron and Gerome Olona*

Diego Bautista*

Brook Benson

Dawn Berry*

Marianne Bjelke

Kimberly Blagg*

Abigail Blueher

Sonia Bologa and Ryan Grady

Pat Cadigan

Pat and Tanya Call

Savanna Carbajal

Caruso’s Italian Restaurant*

Felecia Caton Garcia and Diego Garcia

Amanda and Brian Colburn

Rachel Cordova

Heather Corn

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Caitlin and Cory Craig

Cara Curtiss

Krys and Phil Custer

Megan Daily

Haiyang and Daniel DeGiglio

Eva Del Rio

Diana Delgado

Julie DelMarcelle~ – In memory of Lucy and Bill Hayden

Walter Duran

Amy Ely-McKane and John McKane

Raquel Esser

Danielle Estabrook and Nick Roth* – In honor of the Keshet team

Rabbi Ettedgui and Mrs. Linda Ettedgui – In honor of Shira Greenberg

Nadja and Doug Falk

Sebrena Figueroa

Bette Fleishman

Marilyn Fuller

Renai Gallagher

Sadie Gelb

Ellen and Harley Greenberg

Ronald Halter

Scott Harden

Bianca Harle and Robert Love

Lin Hart

Philip Hedrich

Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera

Emunah Herzog – In honor of Shira Greenberg

Molly Hopkins

Dan and Ana Horch

Hurricane’s Café*

Amy Jarjusey

Kei & Molly Textiles*

Pam Kileen

Trista King

Kathleen Kingsley

Mark and Cynthia Koenig


Cynthia Lashley and Walter Polt

Marta Lichlyter

Vivian and Donald Lubin

Denise Lucero Lopez and Donald Lopez

Molly and Matthew Lukes*

Douglas Madison

Alice Maechtlen

Erica McDowell

Gina McGillivray*

Barbara McGuire

Audrey and William McKee

Claire Merritt and Noah Gelb

Ericka Mitchell/Albuquerque Roller Derby

Joe Monahan

Hillary Morgan


Yvonne Neatby

Ooh! Aah! Jewelry*

Katherine and Nick Page

Anita Pohl – In Honor of Laroya Howard

80 Burt and Shirley Politz

Nicholas and Michelle Pope

Thad Ray and Camille Rivera

Amanda Replogle

Margaret Roberts

Katherine Roybal-Nunez

Geneva Schult

Emily Schwarz

Sign & Image Factory, LLC*

Ethel Smith – In Memory of Alice Weitzman

Nancy Smith

Dave and Jeanne Snodgrass

Edna Sprague

Emily Stephens and Nathaniel Develder

Delores and Sean Stroud~

Theobroma Chocolatier*

Marcus Thomas

Sheriden Thomas

Ken and Carolyn Thompson*

Tractor Brewing*

Trader Joe’s*

Nancy Traylor

Beverly Trevor

United Healthcare Group

Christina Vigil

Jessica and Joseph Voigt

Winifred Whiteman-Jennings

Keren Wolf – in honor of Mickey Greenberg, for Father’s Day, from Shirley and Burt, the Wolfs, Shafton/Kornblums and Falcks. 

Valentina Garcia Snow Queen Scholarship Fund Donors

This fund was created by Valentina’s family in 2023, to remember and honor her joy of dancing and the love, support, and creative nurturing she found at Keshet.

Anonymous (2)

Pat and Tanya Call

Felecia Caton Garcia and Diego Garcia

Barb Greenberg

Shira Greenberg and Rick Letscher

Ana and Cesar Lopes Aréchiga

Denise Lucero Lopez and Donald Lopez

Kerry and Todd Trautwein

Alissa and Mathew Trujillo

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


Shira Greenberg is appointed to the State of New Mexico Children’s Code Task Force, charged with re-writing the New Mexico Children’s Code, the primary legal statute overseeing juvenile justice and foster care for the State. To our knowledge Greenberg is the first artist in the State’s history to be a part of the Children’s Code creation.

Greenberg is appointed to the Jacob’s Pillow National Dance Presenters Forum, supporting the Forum’s charge “to rebuild the network of dance presenters as we emerge from the pandemic; foster dialogue about the changed landscape of dance presenting; and encourage an expansive model of access and participation in the field.”

Keshet hosts the first partnership convening between Keshet’s Arts and Justice Initiatives and the Arts for Healing and Justice Network at the Keshet Center for the Arts, welcoming Arts and Justice organizations and Youth Leaders from Los Angeles, San Diego, New Orleans, New York, and Ohio for three days of learning and sharing.


Keshet receives a 2nd investment grant award from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration – $1,200,000 to support the expansion of Keshet Center for the Arts and the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community.

Shira Greenberg is appointed to the New Mexico Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Statewide Coordinating Council.

Keshet is gifted a long-standing fundraising wine gala event, which is rebranded and launched as Keshet’s inaugural ABQ Wine Classic.

Keshet premieres not one but two new Keshet Dance Company original new evening-length works – Keystones, by Shira Greenberg in April and Hevel by Ana Lopes Aréchiga in November.

Keshet launches a new partnership with the Workforce Connections of Central New Mexico, providing paid internships for system-impacted and formerly incarcerated young adults, formally kicking off Keshet’s IDEAs Experience (Inquiry and Discovery through Education and the Arts).


Shira Greenberg is honored with the New Mexico Humanitarian Award: Harold B. Albert Community Service Award.

Keshet receives the Southwest Region Economic Development Administration (SWREDA) Star of the Southwest Award “for playing a critical role in helping bolster local & regional economies through job creation and infrastructure development.”

Keshet joins 23 additional local community organizations in the field of Juvenile Justice to launch the ABQ Justice for Youth Community Collaborative with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Keshet is awarded a $1,000,000 investment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand Keshet’s Arts and Justice Initiatives.

Shira Greenberg is named a Program Advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, embarking on a three-year Advisory position.

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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