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Atlanta according to Lauri Stallings

All those outdoor glo performances add up once you know the troupe’s founder is a serious nature lover (and crazy about the Dungeon Family)

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Lauri Stallings

Lauri Stallings, founding artist of the Atlanta performance troupe glo, was wrapping up a choreographic residency with the Atlanta Ballet when one of her collaborators, Big Boi of OutKast and Dungeon Family fame, asked what she planned to do next. Her answer was to relocate to our town, launch glo, and proceed to wow audiences all over town — literally. Her dancers have made movement into art inside and outside the High Museum, on the streets of Castleberry Hill, and amid the pillars of Sol LeWitt’s cinder block sculpture in Old Fourth Ward, to name just a few places. Funnily enough, Stallings hates to drive but finds plenty of places to walk in this car-centric city.

My yard is my favorite spot in the city to think deep thoughts by myself.

Our 100-year-old bungalow is my favorite place to chill in Atlanta.

The best advice you could give an Atlanta visitor is stay on foot.

The hilltop in Reynoldstown is my favorite view in Atlanta.

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve is my favorite place to go when it is really fucking hot.

My favorite nature spot in ATL is Sope Creek at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

The first 3 words that come to mind when I think of Atlanta are vibrate. vibrate. vibrate.

Decatur Book Festival is my favorite Atlanta annual event.

Reynoldstown is my favorite neighborhood.

R. Thomas is my favorite place to go for munchies.

The unpaved Beltline in Reynoldstown is my favorite Atlanta walk.

Goodson Yard factory space is my favorite building.

John Lewis is my favorite living Atlantan.

Atlanta’s motto should be The A.

The Atlanta of the future includes deep listening.

I decided to make Atlanta home because I fell mad in love with the Dungeon Family.

The best advice I could give an Atlanta visitor is love us.