Lauren Carnesi Daniels is an artistic director, choreographer, teaching artist, and arts manager in the greater Baltimore region. She studied at Mid-Atlantic Center for The Performing Arts for her early dance training and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography at Shenandoah Conservatory where she was the recipient of the Elizabeth Weil Bergmann choreography award. Lauren earned her Master’s of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University.
Lauren is the founder of InvisibleWings Dance Project. The performance company’s mission is to spread awareness for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and share the honest experience of living with Lupus. IWDP has performed with prestigious programs and at venues in New York, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The company presented their first full- length performance, The Cruel Mystery: Lupus Through Movement, in 2016.
Lauren’s additional choreographic works have received many accolades and have been selected for performance at several venues including the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (NYC), City Center Studios (NYC), Jack Guidone Theater (DC), Clara Barton Museum (DC), Athenaeum Theatre (Chicago), Lang Performing Arts Center (PA), Capital Fringe Festival and the Youth American Grand Prix “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala. Her work has been performed abroad at the Macedonia National Opera and Ballet Theater and other notable performance venues in Canada, England, Greece, Macedonia, and on tour through the Catalonia region of Spain. In January 2022 Lauren was invited back to Shenandoah University for a choreographic residency as part of the Reflections: Invited Choreographers Showcase. “City in the Sky” premiered at the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theater on February 4, 2022.
As a choreographer in the competition dance scene, Lauren’s work has earned numerous choreography awards; overall high scores; special awards for creativity, storytelling, partnering, performance quality, and original concepts; along with regional and national titles. She currently teaches at E-Street Dance Academy and Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts. In 2021 Lauren was named Outstanding Choreographer by both Youth American Grand Prix and Universal Ballet Competition. In 2022 Lauren was a contributing faculty member to MCPA receiving the Outstanding Faculty award at YAGP and was honored with the Outstanding Contemporary Coach award at UBC.
One of Lauren’s most notable accomplishments is her work as artistic director and lead choreographer for Harford Dance Theatre’s annual contemporary, dance-narrative production. After the great success of Oona (2014), and six inspirational installments of the KINETIC CANVAS series (Edward Hopper, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Frida Kahlo), she is looking forward to creating her next original production, Kinetic Canvas: Andy Warhol, which has been scheduled for August 2022.