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

Ana Lopes Arechiga, Director of Programming: Ana@KeshetArts.org

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

Danielle Estabrook, Full Charge Bookkeeper: Danielle@KeshetArts.org

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

Sadie Gelb, Community Education and Mixed Ability Program Director: Sadie@KeshetArts.org

Alija Blackwell, Database Systems Coordinator: Alija@KeshetArts.org

Carolyn Tobias, Communications Director:  Carolyn@KeshetArts.org

Janel Sanchez, Digital Content Manager: Janel@KeshetArts.org

Sarah Gonzales, Pre-Professional Education Director: Sarah@KeshetArts.org

Marissa Reynolds, Community Volunteer Manager: Marissa@KeshetArts.org

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

Sebrena Figueroa, Keshet Conceirge:  Sebrena@KeshetArts.org

Diana MacNeil, Costumer: Diana@KeshetArts.org

Lara Segura, Youth Leader Program Manager: Lara@KeshetArts.org

Emani Brooks, Youth Leader

Juliana Gorena, Youth Leader

Julian Jimenez, Youth Leader

Alyssa Lopez, M3 Youth Advisor

Eddie Carrion, Tech & Facilities Director: Edward@KeshetArts.org

Company Dancers:

Ana Lopes Arechiga, Ana@KeshetArts.org

Sonia Bologa, Sonia@KeshetArts.org

Lara Segura, Lara@KeshetArts.org

Company Apprentice:

Juliana Gorena

Teaching Faculty:

Ana Lopes Arechiga
Sarah Bennett
Sonia Bologa
Paul Cuffee

Sonya Garcia
Sadie Gelb
Sarah Gonzales
Nichole Goodmann
Juliana Gorena
Shira Greenberg
Diana MacNeil
Sophia Phillips
Marissa Reynolds
Lara Segura
Lindsay Shettlesworth
Alana Tobias
Allyssa Trujillo
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: 

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, The Utility Agency & DLF Branding


Randy Trask, New Mexico International Trade Alliance


Members at Large:

Arlyn Crow, Adams + Crow Law Firm

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

Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet

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

Amy Stangel, IAACP, Chief Compliance Officer, Hanseatic Management Services, Inc.







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.
  • Aroha Philanthropies
  • Jewish Federation of New Mexico
  • National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Mexico Humanities Council
  • Nusenda Foundation
  • Sandia Foundation’s Hugh and Helen Woodward Fund of the Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Sheila Fortune Foundation
  • Southwest Capital Bank
  • 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 Fiscal Year 2019-20 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020).

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

Producers ($10,000+)

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Bernalillo County – Board of County Commissioners

Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of New Mexico

City of Albuquerque – Department of Arts & Culture

Elizabeth Lonergan, PT, DPT*

Eurasia Foundation

Peacock Law P.C.*

PNM Resources Foundation

McCune Charitable Foundation

McCune Charitable Foundation – New Mexico Collaborative Zone Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

United Way of Central New Mexico

Vintage Albuquerque

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

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation

City of Albuquerque – Urban Enhancement Trust Fund CARES
Relief Fund

New Mexico Arts

New Mexico Humanities Council

Nusenda Credit Union Foundation

Osteostrong Albuquerque Midtown*

Sandia Foundation’s  Hugh and Helen Woodward Fund of the Albuquerque Community Foundation

Southwest Capital Bank

Stephen and Kristine Wade

Wells Fargo Foundation

Wray & Girard, P.C.

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

Adams+Crow Law Firm

City of Albuquerque – Urban Enhancement Trust Fund

Robert and Janet Ford

Mark Hartman

Perrianne Houghton,
In Memory of Dane C. Houghton Munk

Jewish Federation of New Mexico

KOBQ-FM (93.3 The Q)*

Lovelace Health System

Positive Energy Solar


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

A+ Marketing Consultants*

Albuquerque Academy

Pat Berrett Photography*

Lani and James Casady

Dan and Karen Gelb

V and Roy Goforth~*

Granberg Law

Green Jeans Farmery

Greenberg/Kornblum Charitable Fund

Midtown Sports & Wellness*

Maria Montoya Chavez and
Leland Chavez

Lee and Kenneth Moore

Yashoda Naidoo

Bradley Peterson

Jennifer Moore Plane

Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Stephen Rehnberg and Susan Burgener

Southwest Mail Center*

Mary Ellen and Ron Shettlesworth

Alexandra Smith

Terry Swack and Louis Weitzman

VMWare Foundation

Taylor and Katherine Wray

Wray Law PC

Thomas Wolinski~

Principals ($500-$999)

Cristian and Elvine Bologa*,
In Honor of all Keshet’s staff, students, and volunteers, who all make it such
a special place 

Chocolate Properties LLC
Real Estate Consultants

Cravens Law LLC

EconoLodge Midtown*

Fiasco Fine Wine LLC*

Dovya Friedman and George Hausner*

Colleen Grathwol and Scott Ferguson,
In Honor of Sean Grathwol 

Emily and Arand Harmon-Pierce

KidPower Therapy Associates PC

Michael McCall

Beth Mohr and Janet McHard

Manuel Montoya~

mOTivating Access*

New Mexico Dancewear*

Mary Anne Newhall*

OGB Architectural Millwork

Deborah Peacock and Nate Korn

Brad Raisher and Melissa Freeman

Miriam Rand

Red Rock Roasters*

Sadie’s of New Mexico

Selina Sarmiento

Lindsay and Alan Shettlesworth

Southwest Composites

Stone Age Climbing Gym

Sutin, Thayer & Browne, P.C.

Lauren Tresp*

Ensemble Members ($100-$499)

Harold and Carole Albert

Cynthia Allison and Cari Kerkhoff,
In Memory of Nancy Oliphant

Kathy and Stephen Altobelli

The Andres Family

Anthony Anella

Anonymous (4)

Dana and Justin Ball*,
In loving memory of dancer Linda Lee Levering, grandmother and mother
of a grateful KP3 dancer and a Keshet community class dancer

Toni Balzano and Johnny Chandler

Nicole and Carlos Barela*

Judith Bennahum

David Bernstein and Erika Rimson,
In Honor of Adrian and Shira

Burt & Company CPAs, LLC

Pat and Tanya Call

Carroll Strategies

Isaac Chavez,
In Honor of My Teachers,
Sarah and Sadie

Regina Chavez Puccetti and Daniel Puccetti

Judith Chazin-Bennahum and
David Bennahum

Sunny Chirieleison and Steven Hartman

Barbara Cisneros

Harry and Terry Cohen

Donald Cole,
In Memory of Kristie Brown

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Julia Coyte

Phil Crosby*

Arlyn Crow and Sam Adams

Carolyn Dorfman

Barbara Egelman

Elias Law

Maggie English and Alan Mason

Sebrena Figueroa

Jennifer Fischer

Sen. Roberto and Mrs. Charlene Gonzales,
In Honor of Sarah Gonzales

Jim and Ann Gosack

Jessica Greaves

Barb Greenberg,
In Memory of Alice Weitzman

Shira Greenberg and Rick Letscher,~
In Memory of Oma Sandoval

John and Liz Groth,
In Honor of Sarah Groth
and Michelle Groth

Quang Ha

Mary and Francis Halter

Nancy Hazelman

Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera

Ari and Sean Herring

Cindy Herring,
In Memory of Hazel Schrindel

Emunah Herzog,
In Honor of Shira Greenberg

Matthew Hess~

Tobias Hoellrich

Emily M Holzknecht

Anna Horst and Eberardo Lopez*

Marleen Houlihan

Bob Hume

Lauren Hyde

Norty and Summers Kalishman

Chet and Mary Ellen Karnas

Patricia Katz

Kelly Jo Designs/Kelly Jo Designs
by Wine

Randee and Tony Killeen

Trishelle Kirk

Kroger Co. Family of Stores: Smith’s Food & Drug Inspiring Donations

John Lawton

Trevor Lewis

Heather Licini and Nathan Woodard*

Lone Sun Builders

Ana Lopes Arechiga and Cesar Lopes

Vivian and Donald Lubin

Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig

Douglas Madison

Bruce Malott and Marla Wood

Margaret Maynard

Kevin McMenemy and Monique Stotts*

Miryam Miller

Doug Moore,
In Honor of Mom Millie

Billy Moore

Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask~

Jesse Murray and Jacob Schroder

Jennie Negin and Harold Folley

New Mexico Trade Alliance*

Laura Nitsos

Nusenda Credit Union*

Theresa Palmer and Kurt Christopher~

Elisa Paster

Janice and Stuart Paster

Harold and Karen Pound

PTI Electrical Contractors

R & R Goforth Remodeling

Terra Reed

Jane and Russell Resnik

Ed Ripp

William and Kattia Rojas*

Eleasia and Michael Ross

Vangie Ross and Colandra Gallegos-Ross

Maureen Sanders

Ronna Schelby

Meredith and Timothy Schwall*

Lara Segura

Vanessa Shackleford

Slice Parlor

Dr. James and Joanne Smith

Lisa and Hal Smith

Blair Solon,
In Honor of Sumayya Abouelhassan

Brian and Amy Stangel,
In Honor of Maria Montoya Chavez

Mark and Donia Steele

Noell Stone

Kelly Sullivan,
In Honor of Adrian Moore Trask

Sunny 505

The Taylor-Wright Family

The Daily Grind

Thrive Consulting

Carolyn and Matthew Tobias~

Token Ibis

Tami Trask

Kerry and Todd Trautwein

Alissa and Mat Trujillo*

Brian Tyree and Sandra McDonald,
In Memory of Sheri Book

Shep and Leslie Weinstein,
In Honor of Shira Greenberg

Hugh and Barbara Witemeyer

Paula Wynnycky

Felicia Yates

Linda Zipp,
In Honor of Elaine and Mark Smith,
In Honor of Shira Greenberg

Stagehands ($1-$99)

Boo Abrams

Tenille Akana-Pearson

Elisha and Kashia Allen

Lydia Allen

Amazon Smile

Anonymous (2)

Anita and Edward Aranda*

Bianca Belmonte-Sapien*

Lorie Brau

Richard Buckler

Erica and Greg Castleberry

Frances Chance

Lisa Chaney*

Kristin Cochran

Susan and Randy Cooper

Costco Wholesale – NW Albuquerque*

Costco Wholesale – SE Albuquerque*

Crum & Forster Insurance

Christine Custer

Lacey Daniell-Miller

Laura Devitt*

Donut Mart*

Dr. Jayne M Buttner, DDS MS PC

Sarah Egelman and Dan Clark~

Abraham and Linda Ettedgui

Sheena Ferguson

Kayla Ann Fournier

Marilyn Fuller,
In Memory of Hayes Fuller

Christina Herrera Furst

Josie and Michael Garcia

Leslie Garcia*

Melissa Garland

Alyssa Girard*,
In Memory of Valerie Girard

Cesar Goni and Erin Fugate

Sarah and Marcos Gonzales*

Ellen and Harley Greenberg

Paula Guerrero*

Don Halter

Ronald Halter

Happy Bubbles Platinum Laundry Detergent*


Vanessa Haye

Trudy Hart*

Jennifer and Kevin Hillsey

Andy Huang

Diana Hunt

Vanessa Jacobsohn and Edgar Solis

Angelique Jaramillo*

Amy Jarjusey*

Ani Javian

Linda Johnson

Linda King

Matt and Kelly Kuchar,
For Claudia’s love of dance

Kate Ladenheim

Shaun Leonardo

Karen Liebert*

Donna Lisotto,
In Honor of Olivia Warner-Love

Samantha Lovato*

Jo Ann Lovato

Sara Love*

Timothy MacAlpine

Kenneth MacIntosh

Mary Mackie

Yvonne Marcilla,
In Memory of Javier

Joshlyn Marino

Sandra Marroquin-Evans and Marc Evans

Gina Marselle

Virginia Marshall

Zoe Mattioli

Marlies Metodi

Claudette and Enrique Montoya

Joy and Boris Moquino*

Humberto Morales and Minerva Botancourt*

Mary and Ron Moya

Heather and Andrew Muro*

Sherrisse Noelle*

Scott Obenshain

Dair Obenshain

Steven O’Callaghan

Maria Orozco*

Cher Pacheco*


Becky Peterson

Burt and Shirley Politz

Nataley Quintana

Rachel and Alex Rankin

Andrew G. Rausch Memorial Fund

Gloria Rayford Quezada*

Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ*

Yvette S.

Arlene Safier

Dorothy Sanchez

Delora and Bob Saviteer

Jessica Schiffman and
Christopher Caranta*

Lisa Seifert Weigelt

Nicky Singh*

Jonathan Sisneros

Larry Sklar and Alison Franks

Laura Slivinski

Nina and Alexander Smaragdas*

Nancy Smith,
In Memory of Shira’s Safta,
Alice Weitzman

Kelsey Smith

Stuart Smith

Dave and Jeanne Snodgrass

Ana Stanley

Cheyenne Starnes*

Alexandria and Andrew Steyer

Emily Stovel and William Whitehead*

Erin Tarica and Owen Whooley

Emmy Tither*

Kristine Tollestrup

Trader Joe’s

Allyssa Trujillo

Simon and Wanda Tuck

Erica VanArsdale

Jared Vasquez and Vanessa Apodaca*

RiLeigh Wade*

Jorgie Winsberg and Dennis Soto

Rachel Wiseman*

Keren Wolf (on behalf of the Falck/Shafton/Kornblum/Wolf families), In Honor of Mickey Greenberg
on Father’s Day

Peninah Wolpo and Jesse Kimball*

Brianna Woods*

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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