Master Classes

Pittsburgh CLO Academy Master Classes and Workshops are one-time classes that allow students the opportunity to learn directly from working professionals. Past master classes have featured guest artists from  Broadway companies and current national tours.

  • Master classes are scheduled throughout the school year.
  • Participating ages and cost may vary depending on the content of the class.
  • You do not have to be an Academy student to attend.

Fall Master Class Series

image descriptionMaster Classes exclusive to CLO Academy

Tap with Toxie!

November 20 • $25

Let Evan Ruggiero of Pittsburgh CLO's The Toxic Avenger teach you how to take your tap to the next level and speak about his amazing journey in musical theater.

Precision Dance with Eileen Grace

December 11 • $25

Back by popular demand!  Get into the holiday spirit with former Rockette and Broadway performer, Eileen Grace.

About Our Instructors

Tap with Toxie!

image descriptionEVAN RUGGIERO

Evan Ruggiero began dancing at the age of 5 in his hometown studio and by age 10, he was accepted into the famed New Jersey Tap Ensemble under the direction of Ms. Deborah Mitchell. He soon graced the stages of Lincoln Center, The Shomberg Museum of Harlem and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, among others. 

Upon entering his sophomore year at Montclair State University while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Evan was suddenly diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer of the right leg. Enduring nine surgeries in a six-month period in an effort to save the leg, the cancer returned more aggressively than the original diagnosis. He was faced with the ultimate decision of amputation in order to stop the cancer and save his life, as well as undergoing chemotherapy for 16 months. In spite of the physical setback, Evan held close to the dream of dancing and learned of the famed Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, a legendary African-American entertainer who taught himself to tap dance after losing a leg in a cotton gin accident at the age of 12. Within eighteen months after the amputation, and only two days after receiving his “peg-leg”, Evan was tapping again.

Credits include: St. Louis Tap Festival, LA Tap Festival, Princeton Symphony Orchestra Soloist, Lincoln Center Soloist, The Ellen Show, Telemundo’s Un Nuevo Dia, NYC workshop PANIC! The Musical, Tap World (Film), Quelli Che il Calcio in Milan, Italy (RAI), Yes I Can (Paralympic Games, London, U.K.), Paint The Universe and Best Night Ever (Transcendence Theatre Company), Man Of La Mancha, Shrek: The Musical, and Toxic Avenger (Pittsburgh CLO), The Penalty (The Public, NYC), and Cabinet of Wonders (Rochester Fringe Festival). Evan also directs and performs with his own one-man show called The One-Legged Song and Dance Man at 54 Below, NYC. The show has found a new light, and was most recently performed at The Kennedy Center.     

Precision Dance with Eileen Grace

image descriptionEILEEN GRACE

Eileen was in the Broadway casts of 42nd Street, Will Rogers Follies (original cast member and dance captain) and in the international tour of My One And Only (with Tommy Tune). Her television credits include the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards, One Life to Live, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Macys Parade, Christmas at Rockefeller Center, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Late Show with David Letterman and Oprah.  Eileen performed as a Rockette for 8 years.

Eileen served as Director of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular touring productions for 9 years. Her other directing and choreography credits include Singin in the Rain, On Your Toes, Guys and Dolls, My One And Only, Will Rogers Follies, Crazy For You, Cabaret, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun (starring Andrea McArdle), Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, No, No, Nanette (starring Donna McKechnie), the World Cup Opening Ceremonies, and many industrials. She also staged the Rockette appearances on Jay Leno, Donnie and Marie, Oprah, the Columbus Day Parade, and the Today Show. She served as Associate Producer for the theatre company Reagle Players in Boston for 3 years and currently serves as director for the annual Bradley Awards at the Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C.

As a teacher Eileen has taught all ages, levels and styles of dance at such places as Broadway Dance Center.  Eileen was Artistic Director of the Rockette Summer Intensive program, creating and developing the program over 11 years.

Master Class Video

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Upcoming Master Classes: Triple Threat Boot Camp

Past Master Classes: Altar Boyz

Past CLO Academy Master Classes

  • Altar Boyz
  • American Idiot
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Come Fly Away
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Dreamgirls
  • Eileen Grace - Precision Dance
  • Grease
  • In the Heights
  • Kinky Boots
  • The Lion King
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mastering the College Application Process
  • MTX
  • Once
  • Pippin
  • Rock of Ages
  • Shrek, the Musical
  • Special Skills Spectacular! (Jugglng, Improv, and Stage Combat)
  • The Magic of Movement with Dan Kamin
  • Triple Threat Boot Camp
  • West Side Story
  • Wicked
  • World Cultures
  • Young Frankenstein