Artist Profiles

Mario Quinn Lyles

Medium: Dance


Mario Quinn Lyles is a dancer, choreographer, hip hop recording artist and media designer. He received a B.S. in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2009. While in school full-time, Lyles began learning and teaching hip hop dance, where he started the school’s very first Hip Hop Dance Club. He has also taught at various dance studios including, Pittsburgh Heat, Shape Fitness Center and Evolve Dance Complex in Cranberry. In 2013, Lyles served as Production Assistant at Emmy Award-winning facility Ya Momz House, LLC and was a Hip Hop Educator & Mentor at Hip Hop On L.O.C.K. He mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh from 2005–2010, and serves as a youth choreographer for We Rock Workshop, a residency program led by Liz Berlin of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root. Currently he works as Studio Manager and Teaching Artist at Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Hip Hop Instructor at Los Sabrosos Dance Co. and Millennium Dance Complex. Amongst other creative ventures, Lyles is the founder of Markav Clothing Co. an urban apparel brand based in of Pittsburgh, and Level Up Studios, a community resource that offers innovative ways to engage youth and adults along the Penn Ave corridor. Lyles is a member of local hip hop band 30Realm and currently holds a residency at Local 412, a organization that uses community engagement, arts opportunities, and education to increase the interaction of diverse audiences, hip hop artists, and enthusiasts.