The 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball totally rocked the United Center! The first of its kind in Chicago, the national tour featuring big name pop stars the likes Flo Rida, Icona Pop, Robin Thicke, and Avril Lavigne warmed up the crowd on a frigid Monday night. Also on the bill for the Jingle Ball Tour are girl band Fifth Harmony, rapper Travie McCoy, latin flame Enrique Iglesias, punk rockers Paramore, and the one and only Miley Cyrus (who, sadly, wasn’t included in the Chicago leg of the tour). Four hours of back-to-back entertainment was made possible due to the incredible technical staff. Dozens of roadies flurried onstage and off, unplugging speakers and microphones on a rotating stage resembling the French Revolution in Les Miserables. This allowed each act to begin one right after the other with short transitions from 103.5 radio hosts, and each performance gained momentum as the night went along. Powerful live vocals from Avril Lavigne, Icona Pop, Robin Thicke, and Fifth Harmony were complimented by the charismatic crowd interactions offered up by Enrique Iglesias, Travie McCoy, and Flo Rida.
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Lauren Warnecke is a Chicago-based dance writer, educator, and freelance dance professional. She holds degrees in Dance (BA, ’03) and Kinesiology (MS, ’09) and is currently a full-time Clinical Instructor for the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at UIC. Created in 2009 as a platform for dance-based discourse, Lauren owns and operates Art Intercepts, a dance blog and online resource actively promoting the use of evidence-based practices in dance training and performance with the goal to improve and elevate artistry, dance education, and dancer health. She is a contributing author/blogger at Dance Advantage, 4dancers, and the Huffington Post, and an arts contributor at The L Stop. Lauren freelances as a production/stage manager, choreographer, media relations specialist, and grant writer, for small arts organizations and is a Certified Personal Trainer. She is a master composter who likes to dig in the dirt and bake scones.