Springback Academy 2018: Dance Writers Wanted!


Springback Academy 2018: Dance Writers Wanted! on Spring Forward 2017 + Springback Academy Open Call for participants +

Deadline: Friday 2 February 2018

Springback Academy at Spring Forward, Sofia (Bulgaria) Friday 23 – Sunday 25 March 2018

After Umeå, Barcelona, Pilsen and Aarhus, 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. Aerowaves annual festival will take place this year in Sofia from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March.

Under the guidance of four experienced dance writers, participants have the chance to create, shape and share conversations about dance and hone their critical writing skills for a number of different formats. It’s 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.

If selected for the project, Aerowaves will provide mentorship, accommodation, hospitality and a pass to the festival.

Participants will be required to organise and fund their own return travel to Sofia.

What Springback Academy 2018 will entail

We are looking for up to 10 opinionated people with an interest in, or some prior experience of writing about dance.

The participants will be mentored in critical writing by our lead critics including Donald Hutera (The Times, London), Sanjoy Roy (The Guardian, London) and Oonagh Duckworth (Brussels based editor and dance producer).

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