Level Up Studios is a creative arts studio that offers Dance & Martial Arts Training, Design Services, Creative Writing Courses & Piano Lessons under one roof. Inspired by hip hop culture, Level Up celebrates its positive roots and serves as a creative playground for underserved youth, local artists/ musicians and cultural enthusiasts.
Created out of a passion for community reinvestment, we aim to make art, music and movement accessible in life, not just the classroom.
Here we encourage students to explore their ideas through experimentation in the arts while building the skills to develop career related interests, self confidence, and cultural awareness.
Co-Owners Patrick Everett ( Creative Director), Shaun Mbateng( Chief Financial Officer & Mario Quinn Lyles ( Executive Director)
Level Up offers cultural programs such as martial arts (Kung Fu, Capoeira) classes and dance workshops, where we’ve brought in nationally known choreographers of color. Additionally, we host monthly art exhibitions every first Friday as part of Penn Ave's Unblurred gallery crawl, highlighting the work of local visual artists, musicians and dancers. Other enrichment programs we offer include summer camps, after school programming, teen workshops and a 'pay-what-you-can' community dance class once a week. We have partnered with Assemble, Phase 4 Learning center and Demonstration in holding the 3rd annual Level Up Block Party, which consists of live music, painting, dance performances, vending, and kids’ activities. Lastly we have also partnered with The Dreamz of Music Foundation where we host fundraising showcases in support of disabled musicians in the Pittsburgh area.