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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.

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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.