Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance writer and critic based in Chicago, IL. She currently writes for the Chicago Tribune, and has credits with SeeChicagoDance, Windy City Times, Dance Magazine and Pointe, among others. Lauren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Art Intercepts, a Midwest-focused critical dance blog created in 2009.
Holding degrees in dance (BA) and kinesiology (MS), Lauren is also an adjunct instructor for the dance and exercise science programs at Loyola University Chicago, and previously was a member of the full-time clinical faculty for the department of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lauren has created and implemented courses in exercise physiology, dance kinesiology, resistance training, instructional techniques in fitness, and fitness assessment, in addition to service activities including the development of a robust undergraduate teaching assistant program and graduate teaching assistant orientation programming.
Lauren’s 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. She has presented her work at professional conferences including the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and the Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium (MSEPS). In 2015, Lauren conducted qualitative research in Dublin, Ireland during a five-week residency in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago and University College Dublin.
Lauren has experience in a variety of other dance-related fields, including production/stage management, public relations, sound design, choreography and arts administration. For nearly a decade, she was the performing arts coordinator at the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls, where she designed and managed dance, music, and theater programming. While at Menomonee Club, Lauren helped launch a studio theater at the facility, and coordinated technical direction and production management of the space in addition to developing a summer choreographic residency program and apprentice producer fellowship in partnership with Links Hall, for which she was a pilot choreographer with Enid Smith. For five years, Lauren was the resident choreographer of the Young Actors Ensemble and taught dance classes at the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center in Skokie, IL, with favorite productions including Children of Eden, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hello, Dolly!, and in 2013 served as the rehearsal director for the Performing Arts Workshop at CAM-PLEX in Gillette, WY. From 2011-2014, Lauren produced and hosted Produce, an experimental dance and performance series conceived with musician/composer Timothy Russell.
A certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Lauren teaches indoor cycling, yoga, and aquatic fitness at XSport Fitness locations throughout Chicago, and holds additional credentials from the Cecchetti Council of America and USA Weightlifting.
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