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

Mission: Since 1996, Keshet Dance 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

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keshet has been an amazing space for my daughter who danced at Keshet for 9 years. She graduated from their pre professional program May of 2018. At Keshet, my daughtet bloosomed into a beautiful ballerina who is now a double majoring in dance and biology at college. Keshet sponsored a scholarship for my daughter for all nine years, without it she would never have had the chance to dance under the teachings of the best instructors in the Southwest. We knew her training was the best because in the summer of 2017 she got a chance to dance at American Ballet Theatre in NYC in their collegiate program for one month--only 120 dancers were selected. My daughter danced with the best young ballerinas from around the world...Keshet helped her honor a dream. Amazing and beautiful. We can never thank Keshet and the teaching staff enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keshet is a truly incredible organization. They have done amazing things for our city, offering unlimited scholarships to underprivileged families, as well as creating programs for those with special needs.

I danced and volunteered for Keshet years ago, and now my daughter has begun classes. I feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The vision of Keshet is so broad and is perfectly articulated by "unlimited possibilities". Providing non-competitive scholarships, offering adaptive/inclusive classes and programs, working in the juvenile detention center, and producing a truly community-based quality performance - exemplify its commitment to community, excellence, and inclusion. In addition to these programs, the Makers Space Experience offers choreographers and dancers around the world an opportunity for a residency program to develop and bring their craft to market.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderfully unique organization. Keshet is grounded in its values while open-minded enough to adjust to the needs of the community and the times. I feel I was changed for the better during my brief time interning at Keshet.

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I don't have enough superlatives to describe this organization. In addition to their courses and basic programming, their involvement in the community is a model to be followed by others. They bring dance to a wide variety of people, providing opportunities for artistic expression and personal development and exploration to people who traditionally are denied such access due to physical, cultural, or economic circumstances. Their programs and personnel are the embodiment of how art is critical to a full life, enhances quality of life, and is critical to personal growth. While addressing programming to all sorts of purposes and audiences, professional to marginalized, they also serve as a driving force in the arts community and culture of Albuquerque with their innovation center. Keshet is a thriving and vibrant performance, development, incubator, and support center unlike anything I have witnessed in many years of being around the arts. At Keshet, everyone belongs, everyone learns and grows, and everyone has a home in a context of artistic growth and development. Phenomenal is an understatement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization, I'm delighted to be able to work with everyone at Keshet!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dance is an extremely important thing for people to learn about their bodies, to free the stresses from school, work, and the daily tolls of life. Keshet does an amazing job of making sure that the git of dance is available to anyone who is willing to seek it out. From creating scholarship and work study programs to engaging physically integrated classes Keshet makes sure that people not only can experience the amazing world of dance but that they can do so in a comfortable and familial space. It is an amazing organization that has helped me with so much and I couldn't rate them high enough for all of the wonderful things they do for individuals as well as the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Keshet though a volunteer project in 2009. I have been a part of the organization ever since. Once I saw Nutcracker on the Rocks (Keshet's Annual Performance) I fell in love with the mission of the Organization and was inspired by Shira Greenberg, the Founder and Artistic Director who is an absolutely incredible woman. The work that Keshet does is like no other work in our community. It impacts so many lives in so many ways!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am in love with Keshet Dance Company (KDC)! It is a non-profit organization which serves over 8,000 individuals annually by providing an unlimited, non-competitive scholarship program, a physically integrated dance program, and a pre-professional program. In addition, Keshet partners with the Title I Homeless Project and the YDDC to reach students who may not be able to come to them. Every piece and part of Keshet is just plain wonderful- it touches sooo many people in so many amazing ways.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keshet is a unique organization because it inspires people of all ages to dance and be a part of a larger arts community in Albuquerque. I started getting involved at Keshet as a volunteer and joined the staff a little over a year ago and it has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. The people I work with on a daily basis inspire me to be a more creative and openhearted person - most of them have become important role models in my life. I try to emulate them and the Keshet mission to explore unlimited possibilities through dance when I work with volunteers in the Work/Study program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Keshet is an incredible and unique community. I have been involved with Keshet for 12 years and now I have two young daughters that attend classes at Keshet. I am so thankful for the warm and accepting environment. I feel 100% comfortable that my children are having excellent learning experiences while also developing their character.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learned about Keshet last spring when a friend of mine who is a board member invited me to volunteer for the "Imagine the Possibilities" Event. I had such blast working with the entire Keshet team, that I joint the board a few months later. As I learn more and more about the organization in that capacity, I continue to be amazed at the depth and breadth of Shira's vision, of the reach of programming that she and her team have designed, and at the enthusiasm and verve with which everyone there is completely engaged. I'm not surprised that Shira's deep personal believe in the power of creative expression and limitlessness draws to her an ever increasing number of amazing people that share that believe. I'm honored to serve and excited to be part of new growth and expansion in the future; there are places of light. This is one of them.

1 Alissa T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keshet is just an all around AMAZING organization. What I love most about Keshet is the people. Everyone is so friendly! When you walk into the door of Keshet you get hit with this homely feeling. Do you know why? Because Keshet is like a second home to many of the dancers. We are also treated like family. I look forward to volunteering and dancing at Keshet each week.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started dancing at Keshet Dance Company 6 years ago. The non-competitive scholarship made this possible. The next year she joined the KP3 program which has taught her amazing life-skills, like perseverance, self-reliance and commitment. Not to mention the beautiful skills of a lovely dancer. I have seen many shy children blossom within the walls of Keshet into amazing teenagers, teenagers into wonderful adults. I now work at Keshet, and I have to say, it is the most open and accepting environment I have ever experienced. If you want to dance, then Keshet is the place to dance!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional dancer who recently relocated to Albuquerque to join Keshet Dance Company. In my years of teaching dance in California, I worked at numerous dance studios that trained recreational and competitive dancers. Although those teaching experiences were imperative to my development as a successful teacher, Keshet has brought a new joy and light to what I do. Keshet is truly a place of unlimited possibilities. No person is turned away for lack of skill or physical ability, nor are they limited in any financial way. Keshet offers unlimited noncompetitive scholarships for youth, and a work study program for adults. It is so refreshing to see a company that is actively bettering the community through spreading the art of dance to every single individual it can reach.

Keshet has also given me the opportunity to learn and grow in ways that surprised me. I am constantly challenged by the technique classes that I take. I continue to learn endlessly from my peers about everything from cognitive functions of the brain to ways to engage all different types of students.

If you are looking for a place to learn, grow, dance, have fun, and meet new people, Keshet is the place for you. If you do get a chance to stop by, be sure to check out the huge, new, beautiful dance studios as well!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Keshet when I found myself searching for volunteer organizations from Austria, for the 11 months I was going to be living in New Mexico. It was definitely a challenge trying to find interesting, engaged non-profits from abroad. Keshet sounded like the most welcoming, fun and inclusive of all that I read about. And it has indeed met and exceeded my expectations!

Kylie, the volunteer coordinator, was great at communicating before I even arrived, and once I found Keshet (a little hard to get to by bike but in an awesome space!) she was just lovely in person, taking the time to explain how stuff worked and show me around. At the induction, I got a feel for how friendly and easy-going the whole place was, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my work-study time from the moment I started. I wondered whether I would need any kind of experience, but everybody at Keshet made it easy for new volunteers to help out and feel included.

A typical shift is very satisfying: quite easy, but you can tell you are needed and are making a difference. Generally, I would man the front desk along with others (you don't work alone until you are confident with it), do some light cleaning, occasionally assist with classes and other small tasks. In exchange for an hour of work, I took part in an hour of probably the most fun dance classes I've ever taken. I have taken contemporary and yoga, and can recommend both of these. The teachers are fun and incredibly competent. There isn't an air of competitiveness, as with many other dance classes, but a relaxed atmosphere, even when the class itself is challenging. I was nervous about taking part, but had absolutely no reason to be! I look forward to my classes every single week, and have taken on an extra shift and class in my second session. The only thing I wish is that I had more time to spend at Keshet. The classes are usually quite small, making for a more personal experience, which I love. There are all kinds of dance and fitness classes, and the work shift times are flexible. I can honestly recommend the work-study program to anyone who has a couple of hours to spare during the week, and wants to help out and feel good!