Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance writer and culture critic. She is currently a senior writer and editor at See Chicago Dance, and contributes to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine, Dance Magazine and Pointe, among others. Previously, she contributed to the Windy City Times, Dance Advantage and 4dancers. Pending publications include writings for Agenda and the University of Akron Press. From 2017-18, Lauren completed a low-residency dance writing lab at the National Center for Choreography in Akron, Ohio. In 2018-19, she was a writer-in-residence for the Bates Dance Festival and facilitated a critical writing intensive for the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience in 2017. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Warnecke is an adjunct instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan University. She is interested in the intersection of sports performance models applied to dance, aesthetic competence and cultural criticism. She has presented this work at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the National Dance Education Organization and the Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium.