2018-19 TEACHING ARTIST ROSTER

The Cowles Center 2018-19 Teaching Artist Roster

Cowles Center Teaching Artists are professional dancers, choreographers, and experienced educators who use innovative approaches to bring dance into classrooms through our Arts in Education programs.


Qualities of a Cowles Center Teaching Artist:

COMMUNICATIVE: able to communicate clearly and efficiently with Cowles Center Education & Community Engagement staff and collaborating classroom teachers

COLLABORATIVE: open-minded to different ways of teaching, willing to share goals and responsibilities, desire to engage classroom teachers in conversation

ADAPTIVE: able and willing to adjust their teaching style and lesson plan to suit the needs of the student's, classroom teacher, and the circumstances of the workshop/residency

PROFESSIONAL: expertise in their field of dance studies and ability to educate participants appropriately to students’ knowledge and skill level


The Cowles Center Arts in Education programs serve thousands of students of diverse ages and backgrounds each year through workshops, residencies, student matinee performances, and school partnership programs.


Arts in Education Programs Aim To:

  • Spark curiosity about dance

  • Engage new ways of learning

  • Empower creativity

  • Increase body & spatial Awareness

  • Connect dance to classroom curriculum

  • Impact teacher practices


Students/Communities Served: 66,353 K-12 students in 65 MN communities have been served through education programming at The Cowles Center since inception in 2004.


Amal Rogers

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2017-Present

Blake Nellis

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2015-Present

Derek Phillips

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2013-Present

Erinn Liebhard

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2015-Present

Giselle Mejia

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2009-Present

Karla Nweje

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2014-Present
Lisa Berman Cowles Center Teaching Artist

Lisa Berman

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2014-Present
Renee Guittar Cowles Center Teaching Artist

Renee Guittar

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2017-Present
Roxane Wallace Cowles Center Teaching Artist

Roxane Wallace

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2013-Present

Rush Benson

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2017-Present

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