Lauren Warnecke is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, and editor/senior writer at See Chicago Dance. In 2009, she founded Art Intercepts, a blog focused on cultural criticism of Midwestern live arts. Lauren has bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine, Dance Magazine and Pointe. Previously, she contributed to the Windy City Times, Dance Advantage and 4dancers. In 2015,
Lauren completed a five-week residency program in Dublin, Ireland to interrogate aesthetic competence in concert dance across cultures. She has presented this 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. In 2018-19, she was a writer in residence for the Bates Dance Festival, and in 2018 she facilitated a dance writing intensive for students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, as part of the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience.
In 2020, Lauren will lead an inaugural cohort of critical dance writing fellows in a workshop intensive organized by See Chicago Dance. She is currently completing the introduction for an anthology on women choreographers to be published by the University of Akron Press. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is also an adjunct instructor of dance history, dance kinesiology and exercise physiology at Loyola University Chicago.