Covering midwestern performing arts since 2009…
Our goal is to educate and illuminate audiences, sparking curiosity for midwestern artists and the rich performing arts communities living and working in “flyover country.”
Redefining Arts Criticism
Our writers are at the forefront of the evolving nature of arts criticism and revitalizing and transforming critical discourse in the arts.
Rigorous Play and Rhetorical Experimentation
It is our goal to be open to new approaches in arts journalism while maintaining ethical standards of practice.
Founder and editor Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance critic for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. She is senior editor of See Chicago Dance. Lauren covers dance across the Midwest and writes regularly for Dance Magazine and Pointe with additional bylines in Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Teacher. Forthcoming publications include essays on ballet training in Chicago (University of Illinois Press) and Shirley Mordine (University of Akron Press). In 2020, Lauren published an opinion piece on the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in the South African journal Agenda. Lauren holds degrees in dance and kinesiology and has presented research on dance training practices at the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She has co-facilitated critical dance writing intensives in Chicago and Durban, South Africa, and participated in writing residencies at the National Center for Choreography, Bates Dance Festival and JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience. Lauren teaches dance history and kinesiology for dancers, with part-time appointments at Loyola University Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan University.