Native to Minneapolis, Berit Ahlgren gained her foundational dance training from Minnesota Dance Theater and received a BFA in Dance from St. Olaf College, where she also studied biomedical studies. Ahlgren was a founding member of TU Dance under the artistic directorship of Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, and performed with the company between the years of 2006—2016. Receiving Minneapolis Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant in 2011, Ahlgren had the opportunity to study the Gaga Movement Language in Tel Aviv, and moved to Israel to pursue a teacher certification between 2011-2012.
Upon return to the U.S., she established a Gaga community in the Twin Cities, offering Gaga/dancer and Gaga/people classes regularly in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Ahlgren moved to New York City in 2014 and obtained her MFA in Dance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts in 2016, where she had the pleasure to work with Crystal Pite, Netta Yerushalmy, Sean Curran, and Gregory Dolbashian, among others.
During her two years in New York, she taught Gaga/people and Gaga/dancers regularly at both Gibney Dance Center and Mark Morris Dance Center. Returning to Minnesota fall of 2016, Ahlgren has been on faculty at the University of Minnesota and Winona State University, performing with independent choreographers between Minneapolis and New York, and choreographing her own growing body of work for both stage and camera. Alongside her dance career, Ahlgren is a certified STOTT pilates instructor since 2006, working at various locations in Minnesota and abroad.