Instructor of Dance
Lauri Stallings is a contemporary dancemaker interested in the research of dance and its adherent ability to develop human potential. Unlike most professional dancers, Stallings did not attend a professional school affiliated with a company. Rather, her formal studies were at Pofahl Studios in her hometown of Gainesville, Florida, followed by Point Park University in Pittsburgh, under the tutelage of Roberto Munoz.
Stallings began her performance career at Cleveland San José Ballet, devoting her early stages to the classical and neo-classical works of Petipa, Balanchine, Fokine and Bournonville. She broadened her performance repertoire at BalletMet and most notably in Canada’s Ballet British Columbia, where she performed creations by contemporary choreographers Mark Godden, James Kudelka, Serge Bennethen and Jean Grande Maitre, to name a few. At Ballet BC, under the auspicious direction of John Alleyne, Stallings was presented with her first occasion to choreograph--a solo in BBC’s “Boy Wonder.” Canada’s Globe & Mail called it "dazzling."
In just three seasons as a full time dancemaker, Stallings has compiled a substantial body of work. Commissions include American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Julliard, Vail International Dance Festival and Atlanta Ballet, where as part of a three-year choreographic residency, Lauri created two full lengths, two repertory works and four site-specific works. Commissioned works also include American Ballet Theatre 2, The Dutch National Ballet Project, American Repertory Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, SUNY/Purchase, Hong Kong Dance Festival, Inwood Dance and her alma mater of Point Park University.
Stallings’ work explores connections of emotion and form through highly physical and emotional essays. Several of her works have reflected a creative engagement with other art forms, manifesting rich, stimulating soundscape, curiousity through the use of practical imagery and universal gesture through visceral movement. Such collaborations include musician Howard Levy of Bella Fleck, Videographer Adam Larson, Costume Designer April McCoy, Pittsburgh artist Christo, Tony award winner Howell Binkley and, most notably, Big Boi of the world Hip Hop duo Outkast.
Lauri Stallings is based out of Atlanta with gloATL, an integrated forum of contemporary artists who aim to create language in their respectable artistic forms that is relevant in today's world. In its inaugural season, gloATL has commissioned works in New York City, Chicago and Vancouver, BC. Residencies with gloATL include Kennesaw State University and Inwood Dance.
Independently in the 2009-2010 season, Stallings will create new work for River North Dance Chicago in honor of their 20th anniversary, a one-act work for Ballet Nouveau Colorado and a new creation for Ballet Augsburg, Germany.