Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago, IL, specializing in dance and cultural criticism. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, Dance Magazine and Pointe, among others.
Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is also an adjunct instructor in the dance and exercise science programs at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests meet at the intersection between sport/exercise science and dance, using qualitative research methods to investigate the measurement of aesthetic competence and the effects of cross-training on dance performance.
In 2015, Lauren completed a five-week residency program in Dublin, Ireland to better understand aesthetic competence in western dance forms across cultures. She has presented her work at professional conferences including twice at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and the Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium (MSEPS). From 2017-18, Lauren was selected to participate in a low-res dance writing lab through the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (Ohio, U.S.A.). She has served as a writer in residence for the Bates Dance Festival and the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, where she facilitated a dance writing intensive for students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Lauren has numerous speaking credits and is sought as a moderator, panelist, and lecturer with universities, dance companies and performance venues throughout the Chicagoland area.
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