Current Uversity student Ana Vallejos Cotter has been selected as one of only 10 participants for the 2017 Springback Academy. Springback Academy originally piloted in Umeå, Sweden in 2014, offers aspiring dance writers the chance to be mentored in the fundamentals of quality dance criticism in the action-packed environment of the annual Spring Forward festival.
“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.”
The four lead critics for 2017 include, Donald Hutera (The Times, London), Sanjoy Roy (The Guardian, London), Roslyn Sulcas (New York Times, London/New York) and Monna Dithmer (Politiken, Copenhagen).
This Spring Forward festival, presented by Aerowaves a hub for dance discovery in Europe, takes place in different cities each year. The host city for 2017 is Aarhus, Denmark as part their year-long European Capital of Culture programme. Between the 28-30 April, 20 performances, a live stream with exclusive content and some topical debates will take place. Selected artists and choreographers are from across Europe including Denmark, Greece, France, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Ana originally from Chile, is currently pursuing Uversity’s MA in Creative Process. Her interests lie in dance and creative writing. As part of the MA programme Ana spent her first semester in University College Cork, where she pursued modules in The Business of Writing, Writing the Self: Fiction and Non-fiction and Craft & Technique of Fiction. For semester two she moved to the University of Limerick to take modules in World Dance Survey, Individual Writing Project and Chorerography for Camera. Her programme has been developed and updated under the guidance of Uversity’s Director of Academic Affairs and her Creative Mentor Jonathan C. Creasy.
Ana learnt of the opportunity through a weekly support update provided by Uversity to all students to provide them with an oversight on Uversity and Partner activities as well as upcoming national and international professional development opportunities.
We are delighted that Ana has been selected for this exciting opportunity. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to hearing how she got on in Aarhus on her return.