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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
They are great organization and we are so thankful for them
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.
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!
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!
The place for me to get away, let lose and have fun with friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful organization, I'm delighted to be able to work with everyone at Keshet!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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!
I have had the pleasure of working at Keshet Dance Company for the past four years as a ballet teacher. Two of Keshet’s core values that I aspire to uphold in every class I teach are Personal Growth and Excellence. These values apply to professional, pre-professional, and community dancers. With each class, I intend for each dancer to find something new, anything they can ameliorate physically, mentally, or emotionally. I hold strict standards as demanded by the field of ballet. All the while, I firmly believe that anyone can and should have the opportunity to dance, and that's why I work at Keshet. Coming to work is one of the great joys of my life.
As a professional dancer, it is incredibly rare to find one job that allows you to engage in so many facets of the dance and arts world. At Keshet, the possibilities for this are truly unlimited. I am able to rigorously train and remain artistically fed and challenged as a dancer, as well as teach, bring dance to the greater New Mexico community through outreach projects, and help to plan and be a part of performances and events that promote that connection and growth of contemporary dance and arts as a whole in New Mexico and beyond. I am incredibly lucky to work for this amazing organization with a hard-working, dedicated and kind staff. At Keshet, I will grow infinitely as a professional dancer, teacher and well-rounded artist.
I found myself in the field of dance because of what dance helped me learn about myself and the world around me. keshet has given me the tools I need to help others in the same way. I work in Keshet's outreach program teaching dance to incarcerated youth. I have no words to express how much of an impact Keshet has on these young men and women, and on the direction their futures may take. Keshet changes lives, and I've been fortunate enough to see it first hand.
I've been around many non-profits and to me Keshet exemplifies what a non-profit should be. You have a visionary leader in Shira that is passionate, talented, empathic, and willing to take calculated risks to move the organization forward for the benefit of Keshet's patrons. The staff has bought in to the idea of Keshet and it's multifaceted programs. Keshet excites, empowers, enlightens, and embraces a community thirsty for artistic endeavors and community building. I'm proud to say I'm a board member of this wonderful organization.
The only professional dance company that employs dancers in NM year-round... then uses those dancers to change the lives of kids, parents, aspiring dancers, homeless and incarcerated youth, the physically and mentally disabled..... AND NOW has launched New Mexico's first Arts Business Incubator to help arts based entrepreneurs make a living off of their passions while at the same time generating jobs and prosperity within the community. This website needs a 6th star for Keshet.
My daughter fell in love with Keshet and our family quickly followed suit. She began taking community classes and is now in her first year in Keshet's Pre-Professional Program (KP3). Alana has grown as a dancer but more importantly it is what the Keshet team have taught her about herself and others that makes me proud of her...and proud to endorse Keshet. Keshet truly live their mission of "unlimited possibilities" for ALL. How refreshing!
When I first stumbled upon the Keshet Dance Company, it was still located in a small, somber building close to the heart of the downtown area. Going into my first ballet class there, I had no idea what to expect. My immediate reaction to the space was dubious, but I am pleased to say that Keshet proved me entirely wrong. I soon found that it was an incredibly welcoming and friendly environment, filled with people who love to dance. From my first experience, it became clear to me that Keshet was passionate about dance, and, moreover, passionate about bringing dance to the community. It has been over a year since I've visited that small little space downtown, and I am happy to say that Keshet finally has the space and the facilities that it deserves. The atmosphere is still the same; warm, welcoming, friendly, full of energy, and passionate. I am currently a part of their volunteer work study program, which allows me to trade hours working at Keshet for hours dancing at Keshet. As a part-time student, full-time server, this program is especially important to me, as it enables me to take dance classes when I otherwise would not be able to due to financial restrictions. It is apparent to me and to many others who dance here that Keshet really cares about the people who participate in its classes and programs. The Keshet Dance Company certainly does not bar people from dance due to their physical or financial limitations, and instead attempts to incorporate and include the greater community. Dance is for everyone. I know that and Keshet knows that, and I feel so grateful to have finally found a dance studio that I can call home. I look forward to many more years of dancing here!
What drew me to Keshet was its heartfelt belief that dance is for everyone. I had grown up dancing, but had been about 5 years out of practice when I moved to Albuquerque. In my search for a studio that would take adults, I found Keshet. Along with their professional youth programs, Keshet offers a range of community classes for all ages. The teachers are incredibly kind, patient, and they know their stuff! This is a great place for beginners or someone who's returning to art of dance. I have been fortunate to participate in Keshet's work study program which offered an affordable opportunity for someone on a tight budget. More than that, though, I allowed me to get involved, and to learn more about Keshet, its mission, and the wonderful people who work and dance here. Keshet has many programs and opportunities to get involved. I'm so glad to have found a welcoming community of people who love and appreciate the art of dance!
My 2 daughters and I are so lucky to have found this dance studio! We are participating in Nutcracker on the Rocks this year and having the time of our lives!!! We enjoy getting to know all the great staff and our fellow dancers!! I feel that this dance company offers everything and more that is needed and desired for dancers from young to old (like me:)
The community outreach and physically integrated classes are a true asset to our community!! Keep up the amazing work Keshet!!!
Keshet is not only an amazing Dance Company. There reach-out programs with young adults in prisons with dance, performance and life-skills is inspiring and a great role-model for many other areas on this planet. Keep on rocking!
My daughter has taken classes and has participated in Nutcracker On The Rocks for three years. Not only has she grown as a dancer, but has grown as a person. I love that Keshet is such a diverse, yet very welcoming community. I recommend Keshet to everyone I know with children.
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My 9 yr old daughter entered The Nutcracker and was kicked out after missing 2 classes when the rules said if you miss 3 classes, they said that because she missed 2 classes she wouldnt know the play well enough, when she had already been attending for 2 months, she knew the dance perfectly. They are unfair and would never recomend this school to anyone.
A small company with big heart and unwaivering dedication to its mission. Keshet Dance Company creates possibility where others see limitation.
I am very proud of Keshet Dance Company's direct involvment with the community and the amazaing impact is has had on our New Mexcio Children. Shira Greenberg and her staff are dedicated to making a postive difference in this often difficult world we live in.
Keshet is more than a non-profit dance troupe. It is a community outreach organization that touches people throughout the community. In fact, I have never seen an organization with such a sense of community and respect for everyone. That respect, that sense of community makes me proud to say that I am on the Keshet board.
Keshet Dance Company has as its foundational premise that individuals should be able to experience the unlimited possibilities the universe has in store for them. Professional dancers give their time, expertise, compassion and skills to provide access and opportunities to any and all that want to take the next step on their journey. Along that path, participants learn to express themselves through movement; they become emotionally confident; they learn literacy skills; they become professional dancers themselves; they find hope and set goals. The scope of Keshet is very broad, but at the same time, very focused and precise in regards to using the art of dance to enhance life in Albuquerque, the state, the nation, and even abroad.
When I moved to Albuquerque in the fall of 2011 I knew I wanted to find a place that I could dance and potentially get involved as a volunteer or teacher. When I discovered Keshet I couldn't have been more excited. I have lived in several different states and have never found an organization quite like this one. Professional quality performing company, classes for the community, physically integrated dance, outreach with Title 1 schools and Juvenile Detention centers... Keshet does it all. Keshet uses dance to change people's lives, and I am proud to be involved with this incredible organization.
I first became involved in Keshet Dance Company in 2009 though a project in Leadership Albuquerque. It was an instant attraction to the energy and passion of the team that led me to be interested in serving on the BOD. The staff of Keshet give more of themselves in one day than most people do in a lifetime. They serve children and families many others would never consider being involved with by helping them have meaning and fulfillment in their lives. They give them a means to education they may not ever have and help them find ways to succeed. They are an amazing and dedicated team!
Since 1996, Keshet Dance Company (“Keshet”) has been creating and performing innovative, experimental and inspiring dance works. Keshet currently 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 Youth Diagnostic and Development Center to reach students who may not be able to come to Keshet.
I attended a performance and was especially moved by the inclusion of dancers of all abilities and ages. The unique way that students in wheelchairs danced, left a lasting impact on me. This dance company is truly inclusive of all. Thank you Keshet, for helping many find their dream by teaching them the way that you do!
Keshet is involved in the community, and making such a positive impact on so many. A parent at one of their performances stated that she loved to watch the show because the audience "can see the whole world on the stage".... professional dancers, students, dancers in wheelchairs, and more. Keshet provides programming to children who are homeless, children who are incarcerated, any child who wants the opportunity to dance. And through dance students learn and grow and see the unlimited possibilities their life holds.
I have seen this company grow & blossom & extend it's vision of 'unlimited possibilities' to the entire Albuquerque community & to everyone who comes in contact with their amazing programs & extraordinarily talented dancers.
Keshet Dance Company helps to improve the lives of so many by opening the arts to anyone interested. Keshet opened my mind to unlimited possibilities!! It is a great organization!
Keshet Dance Company is one of the most wonderful Non-Profit Organizations that I have ever come across, and I have volunteered quite a bit. I started volunteering in 2008, and loved it so much I had to come work here! The company is completely run on passion, commitment, and love. EVERYTHING they do is done unselfishly. They have successfully continued to grow, bringing dance to those that normally would not have access, such as incarcerated & homeless youth. During this growth, they have maintained a home/family environment for all those involved, from staff to students. I love Keshet!
After running away to the big city, I found Keshet under the volunteer section on Craigslist. I had been wanting to get into dancing again, and their workstudy program was the perfect opportunity for me, being an adult. I started in the summer of 2009 and I'm still there. I ran the front desk, cleaned, and assisted in childrens classes, and in exchange I get to take classes. I've performed in Nutcracker on the Rocks and other performances, and it has always been very positive and fun. Shira is awesome, and the teachers & rep dancers are very accepting and admirable. I've been to other local dance studios in Albuquerque and other towns, and none of them can even hold a candle to Keshet's sincerity, acceptance, creativity, and kindness. The only thing that is lacking is the current building, but Keshet is on it's way to a new and improved space! Thank you Keshet~
My name is Jamie Book and I started dancing with Keshet over 6 years ago. Recently graduating from their Pre Professional Program, also known as KP3, I cannot say how much my time there has influenced my life for the better. I made so many friends and connections its unbelievable. Today I am still good friends with a girl that came and danced with us for a year in eighth grade who lives in Israel. My mentor, and idol at Keshet, Lisa Nevada, once told me in a conference, "Im afraid of what you might be doing if you weren't at Keshet at all the time." and the more I think about it the more I know its true, Keshet kept me out of a lot of trouble, not only because i spent all of my time there but because that is where i wanted to be. I cannot list all the things Keshet has done for me over the years, but a few things I can say is they gave me a home away from home and a second family when I needed it most.
I started at Keshet as an adult student and volunteer and progressed to become an instructor, company dancer, and administrative staff. As I became more involved in this incredible organization my dance training evolved with unparalleled opportunities for performance, teaching, collaboration, choreography, and training with amazing guest artists. As a staff member, I had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the most open-minded, open-hearted, hard working, and dedicated people I have ever met - including students, parents, volunteers, board members, dancers, and staff. In my 6 years in Albuqueruqe, Keshet had a profound influence on my life, and that of my family, igniting my passion for dance and inspiring me to help others reach their full potential, just as they do at Keshet.
I worked with and for Keshet for nearly 6 years. I did office work, was a dancer/performer, choreographer, outreach facilitator, and taught studio classes. Besides providing me with a space in which to grow professionally and artistically, my experience at Keshet opened me up to a wide range of dance experiences that I had not (and have not since) experienced, such as working with physically integrated dance classes, teaching class with the Title 1 Homeless Project and working with youth at the Juvenile Detention Facility. The range and breath of Keshet's programing is amazing. I have been back to visit Albuquerque three times since leaving in 2007 - Keshet is an important part of these visits and I love seeing how it continues to grow and improve!
I danced with Keshet about 4 years or so ago. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. It inspired me to be an artist. I live with passion and i feel like i picked that up from my time with Keshet. Shira Greenberg will always be an inspiration to me. We worked so hard to put shows together for the city in a program called ASI. What a wonderful company! I hope that they continue to inspire young people to live with passion though dance.
Keshet uses limited resources to provide unlimited opportunities for kids and adults to learn, grow, perform and achieve fulfillment on many levels. As one audience member shared with me after a KDC performance, "If the purpose of art is to expand the horizons of your mind, Shira (and KDC) has been very successful."