Lunchtime in the Studio

Artful Sustenance

Lunchtime in the Studio amplifies the heart of Core Dance’s vision - purposeful artistic risk-taking, invention, community participation, led collaboration, knowledge sharing and enquiry. Lunchtime in the Studio offers the public active engagement and participation in the stimulating environment of Core Dance’s home on the Decatur Square. 

Traditionally, Lunchtime in the Studio is hosted in the intimate setting of the Core Dance Studios on the Decatur Square. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 season Lunchtime in the Studio offerings will contain both an in-person and virtual element. The virtual element will be part of our virtual programming, 1830EST Artists Talk, and will utilize both pre-recorded footage and live zoom discussion.

Upcoming Lunchtime In the Studio: Meet the Artists

Walter Apps, Humlao/Shawny Evans,
Iman Siferllah-Griffin & Laith Stevenson

Join us for our November Lunchtime in the Studio with Walter Apps, Humlao/Shawny Evans, Iman Siferllah-Griffin and Laith Stevenson on November 11th. This event will take place at our studios, 133 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030.


Meet the Artists

Walter Apps
Walter Apps photo by Joseph Titus.JPEG

Walter Apps, born and raised in Detroit, MI, started his dance training at the age of 4. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University in 2016. During his training, Apps has had the privilege to perform works by Aszure Barton, Lar Lubovitch, MADBOOTS, Mark Morris, Luke Murphy, Septime Weber and Ohad Naharin to name some. Immediately upon graduating, he joined Texture Contemporary Ballet in Pittsburgh, PA. Apps then moved to New York City to work with Yin Yue, Rubén Graciani, Patrick O’Brien and Andrea Ward. Since moving to Atlanta in 2019, he has worked as an artist with Core Dance. Apps spends his free time working with photography / videography, editing film and teaching.

Photo by Joseph Titus

Humlao/Shawny Evans

Humlao is a Micronesian multidisciplinary artist currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Hollins University and already holds a Bachelor of Arts from Kennesaw State University. They have trained in programs with Philadanco, Koresh, Limon, Diavolo and the American Dance Festival.  They have performed in works by esteemed choreographers including the late Carlos Orta, Akiko Kitamura, Christopher L. Huggins, Alexander Proia, Jacques Heim, and Bill T. Jones.  They have also participated in the initiatives of the American Dance Legacy by performing in restagings of works including Donald McKayles's Rainbow Etude, Anna Sokolow's Rooms, and Alwin Nikolais' Tensile Involvement.  They are also currently members of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and is a member of the Dance Studies Association. Additionally, they are a member of Kit Modus, and have performed with Full Radius Dance,  Ballethnic, and Migrare.  Outside of the concert dance world, they are also heavily involved in efforts to promote the discussions surrounding the decolonization and demilitarization of the Pacific.

Photo by James L. Hicks

Shawny Evans Humlao photo by James L. Hicks.jpg
Iman Siferllah-Griffin

Iman (meaning faith/magnet) Siferllah-Griffin is a dance practitioner and facilitator of healing based in Atlanta, GA. She is the co-creator and member of the internationally known dance duo Al Taw’am LLC. Genres that inform her movement style are Hip Hop, Traditional West African, Dance Hall, Popping, House, Waacking, Modern, Capoeria Angola, Yoga, and other Black American vernacular dances. Iman’s current focus is harnessing her intuitive and spiritual abilities intersectionality with dance.

Photo by Awa Mally

Laith Stevenson

Laith Stevenson is an interdisciplinary artist whose primary mediums are movement and poetry. My creative process calls for honesty and vulnerability. It engages sensations, memories, and personal experiences. They employ both the metaphorical and literal explorations of ideas related to interpersonal relationships, identity, and media consumption. I assume in all my processes that the body is a physical manifestation of individual’s unique histories and narratives. Moreover, I reflect on my lived experience as a trans person of color in my work. I create first and foremost for myself. My process dives deeply into the realms of self-reflection and hard-to-swallow truths. It challenges typical notions of social dichotomy by depicting nuanced perspectives of my subject matter. I ask my audiences to bear witness to the performer/performers enduring an experience; thus, deepening the empathetic response.

Photo by Walter C. Apps