Apply for Springback Academy 2023: a mentorship in quality dance criticism


After Umeå, Barcelona, Pilsen, Aarhus, Sofia, Paris and Elefsina, 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 ForwardAerowaves’ annual festival will take place this year in Dublin (Ireland). The Academy will take place during the festival betweenon 26 – 29 April inclusive 2023.

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.

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.

To see Springback writing from previous years, visit Springback Academy online. A free quickstart guide to writing dance reviews can be downloaded as a PDF.

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

Find full application details here

Application form

For enquiries, please contact:
Springback Academy
Oonagh Duckworth