Springback Academy 2022: open call

A project designed to stimulate dialogue about dance and performance, and to encourage, improve and promote dance writing and criticism

Springback Academy will take place at Aerowaves’ Spring Forward festival, 28 April to 1 May 2022, Elefsina, Greece

After Umeå, Barcelona, Pilsen, Aarhus, Sofia and Paris, Springback Academy will once again offer aspiring dance writers the chance to be mentored in the fundamentals of quality dance criticism in the action-packed environment of Spring Forward. Aerowaves annual festival will take place this year in Elefsina (Greece) on 28 April – 1 May 2022, hosted by the European Capital of Culture in Elefsina and DAN.C.CE UNITIVA.

A mentorship in quality dance criticism

We are now 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 our 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 way 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.

PLUS – In March 2018, Springback Magazine was launched. The publication’s contributors are drawn exclusively from writers who have participated in the Springback Academy programme and form part of the ever-growing community of ‘graduate’ writers.

For examples of writing from previous years, visit the Springback Academy pages. For a quickstart guide to writing dance reviews, download our free PDF.

Apply before before 24:00 (GMT) Sunday 23 January 2022

For enquiries, please contact Springback Academy director Oonagh Duckworth at sbapplications@aerowaves.org

Good luck!