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 during the Aerowaves’ Spring Forward festival, from April 28th to May 1st 2022, at Elefsina (Greece), hosted by the European Capital of Culture itself and DAN.C.CE UNITIVA. 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.


A mentorship in quality dance criticism

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 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 the following free PDF.


Deadline: January 23rd, 2022 – 24:00 (GMT)

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