Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance writer and culture critic. She is currently editor/senior writer at See Chicago Dance and contributes to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine, Dance Magazine and Pointe. Previously, Lauren 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 and ’19 she was a writer-in-residence for the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. In 2018, Lauren co-facilitated a critical writing intensive for the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience in Durban, South Africa, which led to the development of the inaugural See Chicago Dance Critical Writing Fellowship in 2020, a collaboration between writers from South Africa, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. In addition to writing, Lauren has more than 15 years of experience as a non-profit arts administrator, freelance production manager and curator. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, she has worked in higher education for over a decade and teaches coursework in dance history, dance kinesiology and exercise physiology. Lauren 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.