About Springback Academy

Springback Academy offers a unique, intensive opportunity for budding dance writers resident in Europe (EU and non-EU) to be mentored by professional dance journalists during an international festival.

It takes place at Aerowaves’ Spring Forward festival in a different European city each year, with 10 participants selected by open call, accompanied by 4 mentors. Each participant reviews a selection of performances at Spring Forward, with short reviews published online during the festival. Afterwards, each writer also contributes a more free-form text that reflects their experiences.

Writers must be competent in written English, but English need not be their first language.

Read previous Academy texts here: springbackmagazine.com/springback-academy

Springback Academy is the entry point for an optional Springback AAA pathway:

Academy the gateway
The short, intensive and mentored review-writing programme that runs alongside Aerowaves’ annual Spring Forward festival.

Assembly & Magazine the route
Academy graduates have the possibility to attend an annual Assembly, which hosts live encounters between the writers and a local festival (for example, Oktoberdans 2022). Participants may continue to develop their writing skills and profile through Springback Magazine, with paid fees for published content.

Alliance the field
A flexible network formed by the Spring­back participants, acting as a field of skills, knowledge and co-operation open to projects, commissions and partnerships.