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Lynn Shapiro, Editor

Lynn Shapiro is a freelance writer, director, and choreographer. She frequently covers Chicago dance for DANCE MAGAZINE, writing feature stories, reviews and news articles. Her reviews and stories also appear in  Dance Teacher Magazine, DanceTabs and Dance International. Her plays have been produced by CBS TV, as well as by regional theatre companies throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Lynn teaches Fiction Writing and First Year Seminar at Columbia College Chicago. Prior to Columbia, Ms. Shapiro taught at Goodman School of Drama (now The Theatre School, DePaul University), Barat College, and The Latin School of Chicago. She has been an Artist In Residence with the Illinois Arts Council and other organizations. She has directed and choreographed for Piven Theatre Workshop, Famous Door Theatre, Goodman Children's Theatre, Light Opera Works, Opera Midwest, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, and Metropolis Performing Arts Center, among other organizations. She has also written and directed productions for corporate training through theater. In New York City where she danced professionally, Lynn attended The Martha Graham School and Juilliard. She received a BA in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and an MFA/MA in Fiction Writing and The Teaching of Creative Writing from Columbia College.  Her fiction has been published in Midstream Magazine, The Jewish Women's Literary Annual, The Chicago Jewish News, and Pioneer press. She has created two Artist's Books of original text, paper cuts and original drawings, and is currently working on a novel.


Lauren Warnecke, Dance Critic

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. As 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.


Joanna Furnans, Dance Critic

Joanna Furnans is a Chicago-based dance artist and freelance dance writer for the Windy City Times, See Chicago Dance, and Art Intercepts. She is also co-founder of the Performance Response Journal. 


Vicki Crain, Dance Critic

VICKI CRAIN has been involved in dance as a student, performer, teacher and dance writer for over 30 years. She holds a BA in English from University of Illinois (Springfield) and has interviewed notable artists such as Lar Lubovitch, Nacho Duato, Ann Reinking and Twyla Tharp. As a freelance writer, she write a monthly Culture feature for Front Desk Chicago as well as the Chicago-based dance blog Rogue Ballerina (est. 2009). Her writing has also been seen in Dance Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Windy City Times and CS Magazine among other publications. She is currently the Marketing Associate for The Joffrey Ballet and is working on her first children's book.