After Umeå, Barcelona, Pilsen, Aarhus, Sofia, Paris, Elefsina and Dublin, Springback Academy is once again offering aspiring dance writers the opportunity to be mentored in the fundamentals of quality dance criticism in the action-packed environment of Spring Forward, Aerowaves’ annual festival. This year the festival will take place in Darmstadt, Mainz and Wiesbaden, Germany.
The Academy will take place alongside the festival, from 20-23 March 2023 (inclusive).
Springback Academy is looking for up to 10 people with a lot of enthusiasm and some prior experience in writing about dance. The participants will be mentored by a team of leading critics including Donald Hutera (The Times), Sanjoy Roy (The Guardian), Kelly Apter (The Scotsman), and Laura Cappelle (New York Times).
Under their guidance, participants have the chance to create, shape and share conversations about dance, and hone their critical writing skills. Springback Academy is a fast-track route to gain experience and technique in responsible, effective, attractive dance criticism as well as to explore and understand the opportunities that digital publishing has to offer.
Springback Academy is open to writers based in Europe who are proficient in written and spoken English (not necessarily as a first language).
Successful applicants will receive mentorship, accommodation, a contribution to travel costs, hospitality, a pass to the Spring Forward festival and the opportunity to participate in future Springback activities, including Springback Assemblies and contributing to Springback Magazine.