Community Outreach Programming
Since its inception in 1996, Keshet’s talented teaching faculty has been connecting community members with dance in an effort to build a stronger community. Programming includes workshops, classes, and performances in youth shelters, detention centers, schools and community centers throughout New Mexico. Participants in the Outreach Program gain self-confidence and self-discipline by challenging themselves to use their bodies in new ways and by working together with instructors and other participants.
Keshet also provides a free school matinee series for Nutcracker on the Rocks and the Spring Concert Series each year. Over 8,500 community members are reached annually via the Community Outreach Program.
Keshet’s On-going Outreach Programs include:
Youth Diagnostic and Development Center (YDDC)/Foothill High School
Keshet’s outreach facilitators teach daily dance classes as part of the high school curriculum on site at YDDC, New Mexico’s state juvenile detention facility, using dance to teach literacy skills, math skills and conflict resolution skills. Keshet also has a pre-release and post-release program to continue mentoring students while they transition out of the facility, providing a structured mentorship program through the parole and reintegration process.
When asked, “How does this program inspire you?” one student replied: “It shows how you could change and do something positive with yourself. It shows that there are people out there who really care.”
In 2007, the New Mexico State Legislature passed House Memorial 107 “to commend Keshet Dance Company on its dance programs, its educational and social curricula and its provision of mentorship relationships for incarcerated and paroled youth, all aimed at reducing juvenile recidivism rates.”
In 2009 Keshet received the Coming Up Taller Award from First Lady Michelle Obama for its work with YDDC. To read more about the award. please click here.
Title 1 Homeless Project
The Title 1 Homeless Project is an after-school program that provides academic tutoring and a hot meal to homeless children in Albuquerque. As part of the program, Keshet’s outreach facilitators teach 8-10 classes per week at elementary, middle and high schools throughout the city, reaching approximately 250 homeless youth annually.
“Keshet has brought joy to our students. You have enriched our children’s lives significantly.” – Helen Fox and Katy Braziel, Title I Homeless Project Coordinators
Providence Support Services
Providence Support Services provides assistance to adults with disabilities. Keshet faculty teaches a weekly creative movement class onsite at Keshet’s studios.
Schooltime Matinee Series
Each year Keshet hosts a Schooltime Matinees Series where local school groups are invited to attend various shows for free. Keshet also hosts a Q & A with the dancers and choreographers after each performance and teachers are provided with a free curriculum guide for each show.
For booking information, please contact us at 505-224-9808.
Additional Outreach Programming
In addition to the on-going programs mentioned above, Keshet regularly works with Amy Biehl Charter High School, Bosque School, Mountain Mahogany Community School, Artes los Martes/National Hispanic Cultural Center, Girl Scouts of Chaparral County, UNM Continuing Education, and the Pueblo of Sandia in Albuquerque. Keshet customizes each program to meet the needs of the participating organization.
“Keshet Dance Company is an excellent example of using the arts to help our young people help themselves.” Alexander D. Crary, Former Chief of Staff, National Endowment of the Arts
Keshet is always looking for ways to provide more community members with the opportunity to dance. If you know of an organization that may be interested in Keshet’s Outreach Services, please contact us at 505-224-9808.