Springback Academy offers a unique chance for emerging dance writers to be mentored by professional critics during an international festival. It takes place during Aerowaves Spring Forward festival in a different European city each year.
A group of 8-10 emerging dance writers are mentored by 3-4 professional dance critics. Participants are selected through an open call issued by Aerowaves in February through its network. Each writer reviews a selection of performances at Spring Forward, with short reviews published immediately online during the festival. Each writer also contributes a longer, more free-form article after the festival is over that reflects their experiences.
In 2018 Springback Magazine was launched as a was for the Springback writers to continue their development year-round, with editorial support.