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 

Exchanging contemporary dance through:

  • Keshet International Dance Residencies and Events 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 (Keshet Dance Company) New works created for and with Keshet by local, national, and international choreographers; created locally, toured globally.

The Business of Art

Advancing the arts economy through:

  • Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC, pronounced “kick”) A business incubator and resource programming for arts entrepreneurs; championing the value of the artist and the arts economy.
  • Makers Space and Residency Opportunities Multiple residency formats supporting performing artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts.

Intersection of Arts & Justice

Moving life’s narrative through:

  • Movement + Mentorship = Metamorphosis (M3) Keshet’s M3 Program uses the vehicle of dance to engage, educate, and empower incarcerated and paroling youth and young adults.
  • Arts & Justice Network (AJN) New Mexico’s network of community partners,  launched and managed by Keshet, to support system-impacted youth within the full juvenile justice continuum via the arts. The Network focuses on direct services & professional development/peer learning, research & evaluation, and youth driven policy/advocacy initiatives, supporting local and national juvenile justice reform.
  • Movement for Mercy co-created performance installations with system-impacted youth; including residencies and partnerships throughout the U.S.

Community Dance Education & Performance

Propelling movement in excellence, personal groupth, inclusion, authenticity, fluidity and opportunity, through:

  • 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+.
  • Mixed Ability/Adaptive Dance Insuring that dance programming is available and accessible to all dancers, including dancers and choreographers with differing physical and/or developmental abilities.
  • Keshet Pre-Professional Education (KP3) Comprehensive programming for students to pursue focused training in dance technique, choreography, performance and/or technical theater; preparing them for a career and/or higher education in their fields of interest.
  • 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 have included Nutcracker on the Rocks, Alice, Winter and Spring Dance Concerts, Choreographers’ Showcases, 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 Directory

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

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

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

Joni Thompson, Finance Director;  Joni@KeshetArts.org

Sophia Phillips, M3 Education Director: Sophia@KeshetArts.org

Alyssa Lopez, M3 Youth Advisor

Emily Dunkin, Database Manager;  Emily@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, Community Resource Manager (+ Volunteers): Marissa@KeshetArts.org

Alissa Trujillo, Community Operations Manager:  Alissa@KeshetArts.org

Sebrena Figueroa, Box Office Manager:  Sebrena@KeshetArts.org

Diana MacNeil, Costumer: Diana@KeshetArts.org

Mason Campbell, Artistic Apprentice

Rufino Lopez, Artistic Apprentice

Rentals Coordinator: Vanessa Shackleford

Tech & Facilities Manager: Paul Cuffee

Tech & Facilities Support: Eddie Carrion

Company Dancers:

Ana Lopes Arechiga, Ana@KeshetArts.org

Sonia Bologa, Sonia@KeshetArts.org

Lara Segura, Lara@KeshetArts.org

Teaching Faculty:

Ana Lopes Arechiga
Sarah Bennett
Sonia Bologa
Rujeko Dumbutshena
Sonya Garcia
Sadie Gelb
Sarah Gonzales
Nichole Goodmann
Shira Greenberg
Diana MacNeil
Sophia Phillips
Marissa Reynolds
Lara Segura
Lindsay Shettlesworth
Alana Tobias
Adrian Moore Trask

Substitute Teachers:

Samantha Archuleta
Peter Bennett
Alisa Damolt
Angel Gomez
Gabriel Gonzales
Sarah Groth
Marta Lichlyter
Shane Montoya
Corey Nagel
Jake Sheets

Board of Directors

Board President: 

Tom Wolinski, Fiasco Fine Wine

Immediate Past Board President:

Randy Trask, New Mexico Trade Alliance

Board Vice President:

Manuel Montoya, Associate Professor of International Management and Global Structures / Chair of Creative EnterpriseUNM Anderson School of Management


Amanda Spinney, Sandia National Laboratories 


Sean Herring, Senior International Business Regulatory Affairs Analyst, Sandia National Laboratories

Members at Large:

Toni Balzano

Arlyn Crow, Adams + Crow Law Firm

Dovya Friedman, Utility Agency

Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet

Liz Groth, Nurse, Presbyterian Health Care

Amy Stangel, Hanseatic Management Services





We also would like to heartily thank the many wonderful organizations which have funded Keshet programs in 2020:

  • Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café
  • Bank of America / Merrill Lynch
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
  • City of Albuquerque, Cultural Service Department
  • City of Albuquerque, Urban Enhancement Trust Fund
  • Jewish Federation of New Mexico
  • McCune Charitable Foundation New Mexico Collaborative Zone Funding Group
  • New Mexico Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Nusenda Foundation
  • PNM Resources Foundation
  • Sandia Foundation’s Hugh and Helen Woodward Fund of the Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Wells Fargo


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.”

Producers ($10,000+)

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Aroha Philanthropies

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation

Jaynes Corporation

Elizabeth Lonergan, PT, DPT*

Hampton Inn

New Mexico Gas Company


Southwest Capital Bank

United Way of Central New Mexico


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

American General Media*


Bank of America Foundation

New Mexico Arts

Sandia Foundation

Sheila Fortune Foundation

Stephen and Kristine Wade

Unity BPO


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

City of Albuquerque – Urban Enhancement

Trust Fund

Nina Freer Photography*

Greenberg/Kornblum Charitable Fund

Nusenda Credit Union Foundation

Mike’s Quality Painting*

Sherwin-Williams Company*

Wells Fargo Community Foundation


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

Bradley Peterson

Pat Barrett Photography*

Merrie Courtright

Cravens Law Firm

Fiasco Fine Wine LLC*

Steven Granberg, Attorney at Law

Green Jeans Farmery

Vidal Herrera

Matthew Hess

Jewish Federation of New Mexico

Marshall and Patricia Katz

Yashoda Naidoo

New Mexico Trade Alliance

Shelton Jewelers*

Sutin Thayer & Browne, P.C.

Utility Agency*

Wray & Girard, P.C.

Young Professionals of Albuquerque (YPA)


Principals ($500-$999)

Fay Abrams*

Lisa Domenici

Elias Law

The Grove Café & Market

KidPower Therapy Associates PC

Richard Letscher and Shira Greenberg

New Mexico Bank & Trust

New Mexico Dancewear

Number Crunchers PC*

PayDay HCM*

Red Rock Roasters*

Sadie’s of New Mexico

Southwest Composites

Southwest Mail Center*

Thrive Consulting

Employees of TMobile

Trinity Hotel*

Verdes Foundation


In Memory of Sheri Book

Brian Tyree and Sandra McDonald


Ensemble Members ($100-$499)

Meredith Adolf


Mayling Armijo

Chauling Armijo

B2B Bistronomy

Stanley and Judith Bechtol

Blake’s Lotaburger*

Burt & Company CPAs, LLC

Carroll Strategies

Isaac Chavez

Harry and Terry Cohen

Costco Wholesale Corporation*

Cutting Edge Painting, Inc.

Mildred and Richard Elrick

empty house studio

Maggie English

ExplorAbilities Therapy Center

Kelly Ferguson*

Sebrena Figueroa

Flying Star Cafe

Sarah and Marcos Gonzales

Charlene and Roberto ‘Bobby’ Gonzales

Jim and Ann Gosack

Priscilla and Bill Gray

Guitar Vista

Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera

Ari and Sean Herring

Cindy Herring

Russell and Jane Hogland

Home Depot – Los Lunas*

John Thomas Jewelers

Chet and Mary Ellen Karnas

Randee Killeen

Alondra Lugo

Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig

Douglas Madison

Michael McCall

Kathy McClendon

Manuel Montoya

Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez

Lee and Kenneth Moore

Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask

Pat Myers

Jennie Negin and Harold Folley

The Padilla Team at Academy Mortgage

Stephanie Padilla*

Trevor Parry-Giles

PTI Electrical Contractors

Quinlan Household

Martin Quintana

R & R Goforth Remodeling

Miriam Rand

Red Rock Roasters*

Jane and Russell Resnik

Eleasia and Michael Ross

Fancy and Eugene Ruff-Wagner

Selina Sarmiento

Vanessa Shackleford

Sign & IMAGE Factory*

Slate Street Café*

Alexandra and Robert Smith

Stone Age Climbing Gym

Duffy & Jean Ann Swan

The Daily Grind

Stephanie and Anthony Williams

Debra Yoshimura

In Honor of Joni Thompson

Rhonda McIntire


Stagehands ($1-$99)

Amazon Smile


Briana Archuleta

Penina Ballen

Toni Balzano

Sonia Bologa

Nancy Bowen

Jami Brokaw-Matchett and Chris Matchett

Ann Brotman

Melanie Burns

Brian and Hannah Carter

Erica and Greg Castleberry

Juan Certain

Emily Christopher

Yolanda Costales-York and Rick York

Arlyn Crow

Diana Doolittle-Fernandez

Jennifer Edwards

Sarah Egelman

Einstein Bros. Bagels Cutler*

Haly Etlantus Shaffer

George Hausner and Dovya Friedman

Tom Goevelinger

Veronica and Roy Goforth

Regina Gonzales

Kathleen Grathwol

Tom Greenbaum*

Andrew Groves

Stephanie Guerra DelCampo

Stephanie Hansen

Keith and Bettie Lee Harvie

Kaitlin Innis

Amar and Katie Joshi

Kirk and Monica Kinney

Silva Laukkanen and Charles Lowell

Ana Lopes Arechiga and Cesar Lopes

Sri Louise

Sandra Marroquin-Evans and Marc Evans

Anthony Martinez

Maya-Rae Montana

Christine and Nicholas Moore

Steven O’Callaghan

Francine Olmstead

Jennifer Pacheco

Theresa Palmer

Sandra Pena

Cindy and Luis Peters

Red Tractor Farm*

Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ*

Danny Ruppert

Theresa and Louis Saiz

Erin Tarica

Trader Joe’s*

Gloria and Ron Trask

Simon and Wanda Tuck

Kevin and Janet Vowles

Eva Wang

Anita Williams

Jorgie Winsberg

Hugh and Barbara Witemeyer

Satya Witt

Courtney Zych

In Honor of Barbara Greenberg’s Birthday

Ellen and Harley Greenberg

In Honor of Mickey Greenberg’s 75th Birthday

Patricia Kenton and Phil Politz

In Honor of Mickey Greenberg’s 75th Birthday

Burt and Shirley Politz

In Honor of Shira Greenberg

Wendy Abrams


Donors listed reflect donations made from January 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. If your name was inadvertently left off this list, please accept our deepest apologies and inform us immediately.

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


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.

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.

Land Acknowledgement


Land Acknowledgement

At Keshet, we believe that one of the roles of the arts is to make the invisible, visible. We also believe that it is not the responsibility of those who have been made 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 Pueblo, Ancestral Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and other indigenous peoples who have had a presence in New Mexico and who have traveled 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.

Please take a moment to honor these ancestral grounds and celebrate the resilience and strength of the indigenous peoples of this land which we gather on today.

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.

February 3, 2020: 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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