Lauren Warnecke is a freelance arts and culture writer, educator and administrator. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Dance Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and on WGLT Radio, among others. As senior editor of See Chicago Dance, Lauren oversees their digital publication and contributes reviews and columns. She has co-facilitated critical dance writing intensives in Chicago and Durban, South Africa, and participated in writing residencies at the National Center for Choreography, Bates Dance Festival and JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience.
Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren teaches coursework in dance history and technique, exercise physiology, exercise testing & prescription, and kinesiology for dancers. She presented research on evidence-based dance training practices at the National Dance Education Organization, Midwest Sports and Exercise Psychology Symposium and International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.
With nearly two decades of administrative experience, Lauren has managed community outreach and arts education programs, overseen grant writing and communications for small arts organizations, curated and produced live events and led archival and research projects.
M.S. University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A. Columbia College Chciago
Grade III Teachers Certificate, Cecchetti Council of America; Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine; Certificates in Aquatic Fitness, Functional Training and Olympic Weightlifting
Awards and Select Grants
- New Alum Award, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (2014).
- Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago (2012).
- Warnecke, L. (2020). “Art and Performance During the Time of COVID-19 Lockdown.” Agenda, 34:3, 145-147, DOI: 10.1080/10130950.2020.1783889
Image credits: Lauren Warnecke headshot by Todd Rosenberg; Lauren seated on laptop courtesy of King is a Fink Productions; with Doug Verone and Netta Yerushalmy at the Portland Art Museum by Katherine Butler/Bates Dance Festival; with Kimberly Bartosek and Netta Yerushalmy at the Lewiston Public Library by Jonathan Hsu/Bates Dance Festival.