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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Dance, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: Since 1996, Keshet Dance Company has been delivering the highest quality dance experience to communities in the Greater Albuquerque Area. Keshet's mission is "to inspire and unite community by fostering unlimited possibilities through dance, mentorship and a creative space for the arts." A defined philosophy of mentorship and social responsibility is integrated into all of Keshet's programming. Any person regardless of their ability, income or personal barriers should have access to dance. Therefore, Keshet allows every person who seeks the opportunity to participate and become a part of its dynamic and diverse dance community. Keshet strives to provide a positive setting where persons of all backgrounds and abilities can flourish and grow through the process of mentorship and through dance; thereby providing opportunities for personal growth, success, recognition, and achievement.

Target demographics: children, youth and families

Geographic areas served: Albuquerque

Programs: Community Dance Classes for ages 2- Adult with unlimited noncompetitive scholarships and Work Study programs enabling EVERYONE to dance. Juvenile Justice Program - mentorship and education for incarcerated youth Outreach - classes to Title 1 schools and the community

Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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).

Jessica317

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Mary Dee D.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Tom_102

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their shows are fantastic! We love seeing Nutcracker on the Rocks every year. Even their Showcase performances are outstanding. We love Keshet!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Judith Smith
AXIS Dance Company
Oakland, CA

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Our city is a better place for Keshet being in it. Every facet of Keshet is remarkable, from dance classes, to performing arts showcases, through creative business development support, to community outreach and participation -- every member of my family has benefitted from our relationship with Keshet. It is, in a sense, an extension of our family; it is community and inspiration and support all wrapped up in one. The variety of Keshet's services combined with their scholarship program means that everyone is welcome and nobody is excluded. As a result, the Keshet community is vibrant and diverse, adding an extra layer to the benefits of engagement. I am so happy to have found Keshet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are great organization and we are so thankful for them

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keshet cares-they are inclusive and welcoming bringing the dancing arts to many kids and adults. They stretch their resources, work hard and have some fun while doing it. Overall, just a great organization and group of volunteers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at Keshet is wonderful, very friendly. Teachers are awesome, my daughter has been going to classes for about a year now and she loves it. We tried other academies and she didn't enjoy them, Keshet was perfect!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The community vibe here is wonderful. I feel like I'm a part of a big, happy, dancing family. Anytime I need to feel connected to community, music, art, dance, or even my own inner dancer, I look to Keshet for inspiration. Thank you!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

The place for me to get away, let lose and have fun with friends.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been dancing with Keshet for 5 years and I have had an amazing experience with all of the people there. When I first started, I came with training elsewhere that didn't really personalize to me and promote my growth as an individual. But at Keshet, the staff immediately were there to help me improve and succeed in my dancing and I began to learn really fast and excel rapidly. I took community classes for three years and then joined the pre-professional program for an even bigger challenge. The environment at Keshet made me feel confident with my dancing and want to improve. I can easily say I am a whole new dancer because Keshet has exposed me to so many opportunities like mentorship/teaching roles, community outreach experiences, dance classes from people around the world and learning understudy parts for larger roles. The belief from Keshet that anyone can dance has opened my eyes to see dancing in a new way and I am thankful to Keshet for helping me to develop as a dancer but even further, as a person.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this nonprofit for over 7 years, as both a parent and now committee/ board member. Keshet has grown and changed over the years, and continues to inspire youngsters to not only dance, but also to be positive role models in their community. My daughter began dancing as a toddler in Keshet's community classes and graduated to participate in the Pre-Professional Program and Nutcracker On The Rocks. All of these programs have had a tremendously positive influence on my daughter's self-confidence and self-image. At Keshet, she is part of a community that promotes care for one's self through movement and good nutrition, promotes care for each other, and promotes care for the larger community. These principles are present throughout the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life has changed since joining Keshet! The teachers are live changers the dancers are so supportive and encouraging. Not your typical dance studio. No agendas, no drama just supportive people helping each other become better.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Keshet as a volunteer, board member and employee over the course of 13 years. It is a diverse and dynamic organization serving many important needs in our our community. Dance and the arts are an essential part of a healthy thriving community and Keshet's contribution is undeniable.