ABQ Arts Welcomes Keshet!

KESHET DANCE + CENTER FOR THE ARTS is our newest subscriber to ABQArts.com. We are honored to have this internationally renowned organization join us – we want to tell the world what Keshet is doing right here in New Mexico for dancers and dance makers. Reacquaint yourself with all of their innovative, wonderful work:

Founded in 1996, Keshet is an arts-based non-profit organization which exists to inspire and unite community by fostering unlimited possibilities through dance, mentorship and a creative space for the arts.

Uniting the arts, the artist and the audience, Keshet invites you to engage, experience and be inspired through bold explorations of movement and celebrations of community.

Global to Local; Local to Global

Keshet International Dance Festival Year round programming of performances, master classes, shindigs, gatherings, and makers space with international and national visiting contemporary dance artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts; bringing global to local.

Keshet New Dance Works – Creation and Touring New contemporary works created for and with Keshet Dance by local, national, and international choreographers; created locally, toured globally.

The Business of Art

Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community A business incubator and resource programming for arts entrepreneurs; championing the value of the artist and the arts economy.

Makers Space and Residency Opportunities Choreographic and broader performing arts’ residencies supporting contemporary artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts.

Social Justice through Dance

Movement + Mentorship = Metamorphosis (M3) Keshet’s M3 Program uses the vehicle of dance to engage, educate, and empower incarcerated and paroling youth within the State of New Mexico.

Movement for Mercy The national expansion of Keshet’s M3 Program curriculum through residencies and partnerships with twenty communities throughout the U.S.; supporting local and national juvenile justice reform efforts and initiatives.

Community Dance Education & Performance

Community Dance Classes Everyone should dance! Keshet classes are available to all levels, ages, and abilities from beginner to professional; from age 2 to 102.  To insure these classes are truly available to all, Keshet offers an unlimited, non-competitive scholarship program for dancers under 18 years old, and a Work/Study trade program for dancers 18+.

Mixed Ability/Adaptive Dance Insuring that dance programming is available and accessible to all dancers, including dancers and choreographers with differing physical and/or developmental abilities.

Keshet Pre-Professional Education Comprehensive program tracks for dancers (ages 6-24) and technical theater students (ages 12-24) to pursue focused training in dance technique, choreography, performance and/or technical theater; preparing them for a career and/or higher education in their fields of interest.

Community Engagement Programming Includes the Title I Homeless Project, DEA Dance Project, and many other community partnerships.

Community Performance Series Highlighting the talent of our local and regional community, Keshet’s Community Performances have included Nutcracker on the Rocks, Alice, Winter and Spring Dance Concerts, Choreographers’ Showcases, and more!

Photo by Pat Berrett.

Join the cast of Keshet’s newest production!


Ages 8-108 – all abilities, all backgrounds, from kitchen dancers to professional dancers are welcome!

Audition Day: Saturday, August 11th – Call 505.224.9808 to sign up for an audition slot today.

Saturday, August 4th * for KP3 students and those interested in KP3 – must sign up with Sarah@Keshetarts.org

Mandatory Cast Meeting: Saturday, September 8th – either 1 – 2:30pm OR 3-4-5:30pm

Rehearsals start: Sunday, September 9th

Performance dates: November 9-18th, 2017

“Alice, an adventure of wonder and wondering is the title of the new show, and we are excited about this new adventure with our community,” Keshet Founder and Artistic Director, Shira Greenberg said.

“Dancers and audience alike will notice the inspiration for Alice drawing from Alice in Wonderland, however it is not a re-telling of that story. “It’s a new adventure, with Keshet’s guiding principle of unlimited possibilities as one theme of this new Alice.” Greenberg said.

Alice includes a lively score, including great classic rock, jazz, and more!

Common question: Do I need to prepare anything for the audition?

Answer: No (you can bring a resume if you’d like) Auditions are as a group, we will teach short combos

Common question: I don’t know if I should do the adult beginning or intermediate/advanced audition?

Answer: Come to whichever you feel most comfortable trying, it won’t affect your placement in the show.

Common question: When will I find out if I got in?

Answer: EVERYONE gets in! The auditions are merely to cast you in an appropriate role.

Common question: When do rehearsals begin?

Answer: A required cast meeting on Sept. 8th; rehearsals then begin on Sunday, Sept. 9th