Welcome to this place.

I write about dance and performance (a lot), but I like other things too. This space is a collection of other writings on culture, travel, and my delusions of grandeur in the kitchen.

It’s an attempt to be a well-rounded human while maintaining an unhealthy relationship with dance.

You might see pictures of my cats, too.

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Who am I?

Lauren Warnecke is the dance writer and critic for the Chicago Tribune. She has written for Chicago Magazine, See Chicago Dance, Windy City Times, Dance Magazine and Pointe, among others. Lauren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Art Intercepts, a dance blog created in 2009 to promote critical discourse on dance in the Midwest region of the United States.

Holding degrees in dance (BA) and kinesiology (MS), Lauren is an adjunct instructor for 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.), and has numerous speaking credits as a moderator, panelist, and lecturer with universities, dance companies, and performance venues throughout the Chicagoland area.

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