SHIFT | DANCE is spearheaded by Co-Founders and Directors, Jacqueline García, lisa nevada, and Kelsey Paschich. We are each resident choreographers within the framework of SHIFT. We do not necessarily create in the traditional way one might expect of a "dance collective." While we each present work through SHIFT, we also actively work as professionals through a range of independent projects and companies. This in/ter/dependence among and between our projects is a very important part of our identity and defines how we work.

We founded SHIFT in August 2015 as a vehicle to elevate and generate awareness for the range of contemporary dance forms within the Albuquerque community and as a platform to present and produce cutting-edge dance works from a range of emerging to mid-career artists. Sometimes this includes our own work, but often it means providing a platform to present both local and touring professional dance artists.

Together we have a BIG vision for dance in ABQ! To create momentum toward this shared reality we boldly venture to bring our individual talents together for the purpose of promoting a vibrant and diverse professional dance platform, through the collaborative efforts of an engaged community.


  1. presenting platform for contemporary dance spearheaded by 3 local independent dance artists

  2. movement to elevate and generate awareness for the range of contemporary dance forms in ABQ

  3. choreographic incubator for the resident choreographers of the company to experiment and foster risk-taking in exploratory performance research.

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Jacqueline M. García

Jacqueline M. García

Jacqueline M. García is a proud native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a dance artist, Jacqueline pursues a multi-faceted practice in choreography, performance, education, and arts administration. Jacqueline is a Co-Founder/Co-Director of SHIFT | DANCE, along with fellow colleagues and dance artists lisa nevada and Kelsey Paschich. Jacqueline holds an MA in Arts Administration and a Masters in Business Administration (Univ. of Cincinnati). She completed her terminal degree in 2013 with an MFA in Dance, Choreography passing with distinction (Univ. of New Mexico). Jacqueline also launched J. García Dance Company in January 2015 as a vehicle to present her professional choreographic work. Jacqueline recently completed an artistic residency at Alma College (Alma, MI) in October 2016 and a two-month international artistic residency in Spain in 2015: Universidad Católica de Murcia, (Murcia), Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Maribel Gallardo (Cadiz), and Centro Párraga (Murcia).

She is excited to have established a relationship with the American Dance Legacy Initiative as a teacher and performance coach of Repertory Études as part of their Southwest Hub. Jacqueline is passionately and purposefully dedicated to the advancement of contemporary dance as vital to the Albuquerque arts community. She works full-time as the Director of Education for the National Institute of Flamenco and serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of New Mexico.

Kelsey Paschich

Kelsey Paschich

Kelsey Paschich is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a founding member/ Co-Director of SHIFT | DANCE, a collective dedicated to creating and elevating professional contemporary dance in Albuquerque. The company has become a choreographic incubator for the resident choreographers and invited guests, to experiment and foster risk-taking in exploratory performance research. Kelsey holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of New Mexico and was the recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University in 2004. Kelsey recently attended the One Body One Career professional workshop in Melbourne, Australia and received her Countertechnique Teacher Certification through the teacher training with founder Anouk van Dijk in August 2016. 

Kelsey has performed extensively with: The Moscow State Classical Ballet (Moscow, Russia), DCDC2 (Dayton, Ohio), Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL), River North Chicago Dance Company (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Costa Brava, Spain), Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque, NM), ARCOS Dance (founding member Santa Fe, NM) in Austin, TX and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, and the Hannibal Project in Solden, Austria 2015. She has worked with choreographers such as: Robert Battle, Carla Maxwell, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Tamir Ginz, Margo Sappington, Kevin O’ Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlemann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujic and many more. Kelsey has been teaching dance for over fifteen years. She continues to perform, choreograph, and teach throughout New Mexico and abroad.

lisa nevada

lisa nevada

A native of Albuquerque, NM, Lisa Nevada is a curious and avid dance artist influenced by modern dance techniques, improvisation, theatre and environmental/social engagement. Through choreography, movement direction and performance, Nevada aims to develop a vocabulary of work that delivers a visceral impact and invokes thoughtful deliberation. Nevada’s compositions concentrate on site-specific dances in nature and non-traditional performance settings, as well as the concert stage. Her choreography has been commissioned by New Mexico Ballet Company, John Donald Robb Musical Trust, The Vortex Theater, 516 Arts, Tricklock Company, 24 Hours of Art (ABQ), Radical Evolution (NYC), The Gibran Play (NYC), Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and Buran Theatre (NYC).

In 2014, Nevada was named the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Performance Artist for her site-specific dance concert, Radicles: Rediscovering humankind’s primary roots. Nevada received her MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico with concentrations in site-specific choreography and performance, embodied history, and teaching. She works regularly with the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) and is a founding member, co-director and resident choreographer for SHIFT | DANCE, an Albuquerque-based presenting platform that serves as a vehicle to elevate and generate awareness for the range of contemporary dance forms within the Albuquerque community. Nevada is also choreographer, dancer and artistic director for her individual project Lisa Nevada dance.