Springback Academy 2023: 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, 26–29 April (inclusive), Dublin, Ireland

After Umeå, Barcelona, Pilsen, Aarhus, Sofia, Paris and Elefsina, Springback Academy is offering aspiring dance writers the chance to be mentored in the fundamentals of quality dance criticism in the action-packed environment of Aerowaves’ annual Spring Forward festival. This year the festival takes place in Dublin (Ireland). Springback Academy will take place across the festival from 26–29 April inclusive 2023.

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).

Quality dance criticism

Under the guidance of experienced mentors, 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.

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, join our mailing list to download our free PDF.

Apply before before 24:00 (GMT) Monday 9 January 2023

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

Good luck!