OUR STORY  

Level Up Studios is a dance and creative arts studio located in Pittsburgh PA. Level Up focuses on enriching the educational and artistic experiences of learners looking to strengthen their skills, knowledge, and confidence. Utilizing a range of mediums and disciplines, including Hip Hop Dance, Martial Arts, Studio Recording, and Visual Arts, we bring another dimension of learning and development to each student.

 

Inspired by hip-hop culture, Level Up celebrates its positive roots serving as a creative playground for local artists, musicians, and cultural enthusiasts. With a passion for community reinvestment, we aim to make art, music, and movement accessible in life, not just the classroom. In addition to our high-level classes and services, we provide accessibility through free and reduced-price programs, scholarships for learners in low-income communities, and by partnering with other youth-serving organizations.

 

Here at Level Up, we encourage each student to explore their ideas through experimentation in the arts while building the skills to develop career-related interests, self-confidence, and cultural awareness.

 Mario Quinn Lyles, Co-Founder & Owner/ CEO

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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

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

Monique Michelle'

Sahaar Lyles

Communications Coordinator

Sahaar Lyles

Alyse Hogan

Acting Workshop

Alyse Hogan

J. Scott

Advanced Hip-Hop

J. Scott

Joey Felder

After school Coordinator

Joey Felder

Marian Gray

Director of Education/ Special Projects

Marian Gray

Olivia Ryan

Heels Technique/ Empowered in Heels

Olivia Ryan

Shane Kesneck

Finance Manager

Shane Kesneck

Blair Parker

Tap Dance

Blair Parker

Jaree Weaver

Studio Manager/ Executive Assistant

Jaree Weaver

Kela Shawnte

Intermediate Hip-hop (Mad Curves)

Kela Shawnte

Mario Quinn

Co-Founder & CEO/ Popping & Animation/ Beginner Hip-hop

Mario Quinn

Patrick Everett

Co-Founder

Patrick Everett

Shaun Mbateng

Co-Founder

Shaun Mbateng