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 with honors in Dance Performance and Choreography at Shenandoah Conservatory where she was the recipient of the Elizabeth Weil Bergmann Choreography Award. Lauren recently earned her Master’s of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Lauren is the manager of The Warehouse Theatre at E-Street in Harford County, MD which opened in February of 2018.
One of Lauren’s most notable accomplishments is her work as artistic director and lead choreographer for Harford Dance Theatre’s annual and original contemporary, dance-narrative production. After the great success of Oona (2014), and five inspirational installments of the KINETIC CANVAS series (Edward Hopper- 2015, Claude Monet- 2016, Salvador Dali- 2017, Vincent van Gogh- 2018, Jackson Pollock- 2019), she is looking forward to creating her 6th original production, Kinetic Canvas: Frida Kahlo, for 2020. The KINETIC CANVAS series was created by Lauren Carnesi Daniels, Susan Niccolaides, and Jordan Williams in 2014 as a result of wanting to find a better way to connect the community to an artistic dance experience without sacrificing or diluting the integrity and quality of the material for the performers. Under Lauren’s direction this community-dance production has produced a rich, production experience for over eighty-five local dancers and eighteen regional choreographers.
Lauren is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of InvisibleWings Dance Project. The company’s mission is to spread awareness for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and share the honest experience of living with Lupus. IWDP has performed at the Hatch Presenting Series (NY), 16th Annual Maryland Council for Dance Artists’ Concert, 4th annual Baltimore Dance Invitational, and The Collective’s Open Marley Night (MD). The company presented their first full-length performance, The Cruel Mystery: Lupus Through Movement, in 2016 and was revived for a split bill production in Washington, DC in 2017.
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), Athenaeum Theatre (Chicago), Lang Performing Arts Center (PA), Capital Fringe Festival, Universal Ballet Competition, and Youth American Grand Prix regional and national stages. 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.
As a choreographer for 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. During the 2018-2019 season, she earned choreography awards for twelve different pieces of choreography and the coveted title of “Most Unique Concept” from Precision Arts Challenge. Her work, “Seasons of Love,” was chosen by the director of Dancers Inc. to represent their organization at Dancers Responding to Aids “Stars of Tomorrow” 2019 performance. So far this 2020 season, Lauren's work has received two Industry Dance Awards nominations (Contemporary & People's Choice) along with the honors of "Critics Choice" from NYCDA and "Best of JUMP" from JUMP.
In 2015 Lauren created Artistry Unleashed with Liz Fink-Rokaski. AU is a two-day workshop that focuses on all things artistry related with specialty classes in the following areas: partnering, group composition, solo composition, improvisation, and contact improvisation. Dancers from universities, conservatories, and studios attend this event each year.
As an arts administrator, Lauren has managed the Warehouse Theatre at E-Street since it opened in 2018. Her most successful projects thus far include the creation of the Ascending Choreographer’s Festival, Dance & Parkinson’s program, and Names to Remember, a student choreography showcase. Ascending Choreographer's Festival is a new opportunity for choreographers ages 18-25 to showcase original choreographic works and compete for the chance to be presented by The Warehouse Theatre @ E-Street in a split bill performance. The Dance & Parkinson’s program kicked off with a fundraiser in honor of Donna Jean Wienecke that will fund a year’s worth of free classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Names to Remember provides students ages 13- high school seniors the opportunity to present their own work on stage with lighting and a full production experience.