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WORLD CULTURES - 3 Master Classes in 1!

Sunday, March 16


Ages 6-18 • $45 per person


Join us for our first World Culture Master Class. Learn Irish Step Dancing from Liz Shovlin Grinko, Drumming & Rhythms of the World with Charles Hall, and African Dance with Desiree Lee.

Save $10! Register for BOTH the World Cultures & Once Master Classes for $60.


 *You do not need to be a CLO Academy student to attend.

Liz Shovlin Grinko is a certified ceili dance instructor, as sanctioned by An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha, The Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, Ireland. Liz began her Irish step-dancing career in 1966 and started teaching the art of Irish dance in 1976. Since 1999, she and her sister Sheila Shovlin have taught children Irish dance as the Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Liz is also a ceili and set-dancing instructor for the Pittsburgh Ceili Club. Liz calls the ceili and set dances every Tuesday at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle in the Strip District of Pittsburgh as well as PCC’s monthy ceilidh and Pittsburgh Irish Festival.


Charles Hall is a percussionist, bassist, vocalist and composer with experience in and a love for dance accompaniment.

Moving to Los Angeles, Charles worked with bands and artist in a variety of genre; but not until later would his talents find a new life in the field of dance. He started by accompanying jazz and modern dance classes at Regina\'s and the California Dance Center dance studios. Work was soon found at LA Contemporary Dance, Universal Dance, Debbie Reynolds Dance, Moro Landus Dance, Main Street and Dancers Home dance studios. Charles also work as accompanist with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, The Kin Dance Co., Whinafred Harris\'s Between Lines, The Pacific Dance Ensemble and others. Charles could also be found regularly accompanying dance at UCLA, Loyla Marymount University, Plaza De La Raza and the California Institute of the Arts.

Returning to Pittsburgh Charles started working for The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Point Park University, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Academy and the Dance Alloy. He also worked closely with Mary Miller Dance Co., Expressions Contemporary Dance Co., LABCO and Attack Theatre. Charles has also worked as an artist and educator for Gateway to the Arts, and was proud to be on the staff of the Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts.


Desiree S. Lee is a native of Pittsburgh began her dancing at the Oakland School of Performing Arts in 1990. During her years at the Oakland School, Desiree was trained in West African Dance, Dunham & Horton Technique by Ronald Hutson and the the late Shona Sharif. She had the honor to take Master Dance Classes and Workshops with noted choreographers such as, Assane Konte, Kadiatou Conte-Forte, Chuck Davis, Kevin Iega Jeff, Ally Sylla, MaBenta Bagoura, and Ronald K. Brown.

She became a member of the Shona Sharif African Dance Ensemble (formerly the African Dance and Drum Ensemble) in 1992. As a member of Shona Sharif African Dance Ensemble, Desiree performed in such productions as “African Fables, “Swing Low Sweet in the Mornin’ and “Black Nativity” in which she played the lead role of Mary in 1996 &1997. She assisted in choreography for 2000 & 2001 productions of “Black Nativity”, before leaving the Shona Sharif African Dance Ensemble in 2001; Desiree was able to achieve a leadership position of core company member assuming roles as lead dance instructor, principle dancer and rehearsal coach.

Further studies consist of a dance apprentice with the Kankouran West African Dance Company (Washington, DC) performing as guest artist during their 2000 concert performance, and travels abroad to Senegal, West Africa to participate in African Dance workshops.

Desiree became a member of the Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble in 2003, she served in the leadership capacity of lead dance instructor and principle dancer (traditional African component) under the artistic direction of Greer Reed-Jones (former principal dancer of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company) In addition, she performed various styles of dance ranging from traditional African to Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Liturgical/Gospel as well as working with choreographers Kim Bears, (Philadanco) Terrance Green & DeShona Pepper (formerly DCDC) before leaving in 2005.

From 2006 -2012, Desiree served as the Director of Dance at Mount Ararat Baptist Church where she leads in choreography and movement for all productions in the Fine Arts department and Sunday worship services, under the direction of Dwayne Fulton, Minister of Fine Arts and leadership of Dr. William H. Curtis, Pastor. She also instructs West African Dance & Dunham Technique to adults and youth throughout the Western Pennsylvania region.

As an Arts Manager, Desiree began assisting with small grassroots arts organizations, Production Manager for Utopia Model Agency, Artistic Liaison, to National Recording Artist Ameil Lireaux and Arts Manager to Solomon & Company, PanPittsburgh 2007. From 2006 –June 2011, Desiree served as House Manager and Education Coordinator at the New Hazlett Theater where she assists in coordination and organizing of all performing arts events and youth programming.

Desiree became a fellow for The Coro Center for Civic Leadership Leaders in Learning Initiative, which is dedicated to training and connecting diverse, education-focused leaders by creating opportunities for experience-based learning and collaboration. She also served as member of the 2nd Annual Young Audience Arts in Education Leadership Institute in July 2012. Desiree was the Arts Partnerships Associate at Gateway to the Arts from January 2011 – December 2013, where she managed the quality implementation of Gateway to the Arts’ residencies, Arts in Education Partnership and out-of-school time activities. She serves as a member of the Professional Development Committee for Allegheny Partnership for Out of School Time (APOST) and is currently a Community Engagement independent contractor for community based originations including the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and The Game Changers Project



Friday, March 14


Ages 6-18 • $25 per person


Learn music and choreography from the national tour of Once with cast members Matt Deangelis and Kolette Tetlow.

Save $10! Register for BOTH the World Cultures & Once Master Classes for $60.

Past CLO Academy Master Classes

  • American Idiot
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Come Fly Away
  • Dreamgirls
  • Grease
  • In the Heights
  • The Lion King
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Mary Poppins
  • MTX
  • Rock of Ages
  • Shrek, the Musical
  • The Magic of Movement with Dan Kamin
  • West Side Story
  • Wicked
  • Young Frankenstein


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