Lisa Berman

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2014-Present

First Year on the Cowles Center Roster: 2014
Arts in Education Programs: Workshops, Dance Without Barriers
Style(s): Hip Hop: Breaking
Teaching Artist Philosophy: “I base each class on the energy of the room and the level of their understanding.”


Lisa “MonaLisa” Berman, founder and Artistic Director of BRKFST Dance Company, has been working as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor since 2004. Berman is the recipient of the 2008 Jerome Travel and Study Grant for Choreography, and 2016 McKnight Dancer Fellowship. Both of which provided opportunities to work with Bgirl Aruna, founder of HipHopHuis in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Victor Quijada, founder and Artistic Director of RUBBERBANDance Group in Montreal, Canada. MonaLisa is currently working as a Breaking instructor/choreographer for Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, The Cowles Center, Breck School, and Hamline University.