Keshet is a community builder, bringing the love of dance to all who are interested, unique cultural storytelling and supports students in building personal portfolios from a variety of backgrounds. Keshet is accessible (pun intended).
When I first moved to Albuquerque I decided to join Keshet's volunteer program. I worked the front desk every Saturday morning in exchange for free adult hip hop classes. The class itself was so much fun, but the community I gained was the greatest gift. Keshet is an incredible organization on all levels. They make dance accessible for everyone! I haven't been back in over two years but still run into other volunteers and dancers and am always received with love - it's like an extended family.
I've been to several of the Keshet events. They've all been entertaining, fun and very enjoyable. Lots of talent and variety. I highly recommend them. Some of the performers are in different classes Keshet offers and it's fun to see them perform. I've volunteered at Keshet and experienced the care and hard work that goes into their events.
I recently took a Ballet II class and loved it! The class was challenging, but I did not feel intimidated and the instructor was very attentive. I will definitely continue attending classes and would recommend Keshet!
My initial experience with Keshet began many years ago when I signed my (then) 7 year old daughter up for dance classes and summer dance camp. I like that Keshet promotes a non-competitive environment which is open to all abilities. Keshet was also nominated for the Ethics in Business Award, which says a lot about Shira and the Keshet staff. I am now proud to say I am a member of the Keshet team and understand the passion of the staff and volunteers, and the feeling of community this organization provides.
I chose to become an Intel Encore Fellow working for Keshet Center of the Arts because of several reasons. My initial meeting with Founder Shira Greenberg was inspiring. I was very impressed by her passion, committment and vision. The Keshet programs offer tremendous benefit to the youth of our community in many ways and their local success is now being recognized nationally. The result is that Keshet innovation in regards to dance education is now being copied as a template that is benefitting other communities thoughout the US. Dancers are getting paid, troubled youth are given new hope for a future and not returning to jail, and less-than-able bodied people are finding joy and increased health with integrated dance. I couldn't ask for a better place to contribute to as an Encore Fellow.
I recently attended artSLAM: The Ultimate Variety Show at Keshet Center for the Arts. I was so impressed with not only the show - the variety and caliber of artists was amazing; but the value that Keshet staff placed on the artists who were performing reinforced their mission of valuing the arts, the artist and the audience. It was a privilege to see a glimpse into that side of things and really spoke to Keshet's passion not only for what they do and who they serve.
Their shows are fantastic! We love seeing Nutcracker on the Rocks every year. Even their Showcase performances are outstanding. We love Keshet!!
What makes Keshet so special is the unwavering dedication to its mission. At Keshet, all are welcome and all are welcome to dance. Any student from any type of background is a dancer here. Keshet staff meets each student where they are and embraces them as they journey in dance together. Nowhere else have I seen such camaraderie at a professional level, or such intrinsic compassion for fellow artists.
Keshet is an absolute jewel of ABQ! Their work is important and relevant. This is a powerhouse organization with great leadership from Shira Greenberg and her staff!
AXIS Dance Company