OUR STORY  

Level Up Studios is a creative arts studio in Pittsburgh that focuses on enriching the educational and artistic experiences of African American youths here in the city. Level Up Studios uses a range of creative disciplines, including Hip Hop Dance, Studio Recording, Acting, and Visual Arts, to bring another dimension to learning for children and teens growing up in disadvantaged circumstances and difficult environments. 

 

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)

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Giving Back

Level Up Studios offers programs such as acting, visual & media arts, recording labs, monthly meet-ups (Anime & Pro Wrestling club), and dance workshops where we’ve brought in nationally known dancers & choreographers.

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 month. In August 2019 we partnered with Assemble, Phase 4 Learning center, Best Buy Teen Tech Center, and Demonstration in holding the 3rd annual Level Up Block Party, which consisted of live music, painting, dance performances, vending, and a back-to-school drive. Over the past year, we have also partnered with The Dreamz of Music Network, a collective of businesses and entrepreneurs that have come together to provide free and paid services to the creative community of Pittsburgh. Additionally, we host fundraising showcases & events in support of disabled musicians in the Pittsburgh area.

MEET THE TEAM

Albert Du

Choreography Class

Albert Du

Blair Parker

Tap Dance

Blair Parker

Jaree Weaver

Studio Manager/ Executive Assistant

Jaree Weaver

Kela Shawnte

Intermediate Hip-hop

Kela Shawnte

Mario Quinn

ED/ Co-Owner/ Popping & Animation/ Beginner Hip-hop

Mario Quinn

Patrick Everett

Creative Director/ Co-Owner/ Anime Club

Patrick Everett

Alyse Hogan

Acting Workshop

Alyse Hogan

Ivan Gadzhiyev

Producer/ Studio Engineer

Ivan Gadzhiyev

Jessii Marie

Imprinted by Jessii Painting Class

Jessii Marie

Kira Pleska

Intermediate Hip-Hop

Kira Pleska

Monique Michelle'

Basic Adult Hip-Hop/ Virtual Hip-Hop

Monique Michelle'

Sahaar Lyles

Communications Coordinator

Sahaar Lyles

Benjamin Scisly

Studio Assistant

Benjamin Scisly

J. Scott

Advanced Hip-Hop

J. Scott

Joey Felder

Songwriting/ Recording teaching artist

Joey Felder

Marian Gray

Director of Education/ Special Projects

Marian Gray

Olivia Ryan

Heels Technique/ Empowered in Heels

Olivia Ryan

Shaun Mbateng

CFO/ Co-Owner

Shaun Mbateng