Need to get something done? There’s an app for that.
Really, there probably is.
This roundup of best apps for dancers will make your life easier, more efficient, or more entertaining.
Check out this list to see which ones you need to DL today!
1. For choreographers, teachers, freestylers, class takers –
SongMark (Free on iOS)
Everything that was ever inconvenient about music… IS NO MORE!
SongMark is the app that any and every dancer can utilize.
It basically lets you manipulate your music however you need.
Teaching a fast combo and your students aren’t getting it? Slow it down with SongMark!
Choreographing to a specific section of a song and keep losing your timestamp? Recall it instantly with SongMark!
Teaching a workshop and your speaker is hella far and you’re draining half your energy by running back and forth to play music? Set loops with SongMark!
All the annoyances we run into (that we’ve come to accept as part of our #dancerproblems) can be solved by this free, easy-to-use app.
You can even convert YouTube videos to MP3 files in the app, import/download your saved cuts for future use, AND transfer tracks to/from your computer.
All the technical fuss surrounding music files is now a piece of cake.
Choreographers, teachers, freestylers, class takers, those training at home – will all breathe a huge sigh of relief once they try SongMark.
Oh, and did we mention it’s completely free?
2. For the music lovers, aka all dancers –
Shazam (Free on iOS and Android)
OBVI music is LYFE for us dancers.
Let’s say you’re walking around the mall, and a dope song comes on. And you’re like “I have to choreograph to this!!”
But you have no idea what it’s called and it’s difficult to catch the lyrics.
Just run Shazam and it’ll take the audio sample and match it to the artist, song title, and album.
The app can do a lot more than that but its most useful feature for dancers is song identification.
See Related Article: How To Use SoundCloud To Find Music As A Dancer
3. For the class footage / concept video / freestyle Instagrammer –
Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Free on iOS and Android)
You killed the first and last sections of the piece… But totally f%*@ed up in the middle.
It’s fine! Everything’s fine!!
Magisto lets you make simple edits to videos, like trimming and piecing clips together.
Or if you wanna get a little crazier and add effects or audio, you can do that too.
Magisto also lets you auto stabilize videos, add transitions between clips, integrate photos, or throw a filter over the video if the ones built in on Insta don’t tickle your fancy.
Speaking of IG, you can share your finished masterpiece straight to Instagram.
Let the liking and heart-eye commenting commence!
See Related Article: How To Make Amazing Dance Videos
4. For the set mixer / aspiring DJ –
Notetracks ($9.99 on iOS only)
You know that token rising SoundCloud star of the team? The one that’s always mixing the team’s set and making remixes to throwback jams.
Notetracks is perfect for these musicians.
It allows them to edit music, as well as take notes on their audio projects using text, symbols, or drawings.
It’s great for collaborative work between dancers and DJs, vocalists, songwriters, and anyone else involved in the production process.
Dancers can write and plan out routines in the song using notes, sketches, and symbols on the audio timeline.
See Related Article: How To Train Your Musicality As A Dancer
5. For the dance team coach –
8Counts (Free on iOS)
8Counts is perfect for choreographers who make a ton of different combos but have a hard time storing it all in their heads.
You can write out your choreography in eight-count sheets of the music.
If your team or students need a reminder too, you can email this sheet out to them.
See Related Article: How To Lead Your Dance Team More Effectively
6. For the videographer on the go –
Hyperlapse (Free on iOS and Android)
Hyperlapse basically stabilizes your video footage using an image stabilization algorithm.
This is ideal for dancers who want to create time-lapse videos or even ones in real time without shakiness.
The app virtually renders bulky and expensive stabilizers unnecessary – for phone footage, at least.
See Related Article: 5 Best Cameras For Recording Amazing Dance Videos You’ll Love! (For Every Budget)
7. For the rehearsal coordinator –
Evernote (Free on iOS and Android)
Evernote isn’t your ordinary note-taker. It’s nothing like that built-in undelete-able “Notes” app.
You can take notes of things you need to remember – rehearsal schedules, upcoming auditions, gigs, songs to choreograph to, etc. You can insert photos or sketches. You can even save handwritten notes or voice recordings.
These notes are accessible everywhere as long as you have Evernote on it.
You can organize your files however you want, and easily search through its contents.
It also lets you share these notes with your friends or teammates if they need the same information.
Think of it as your digital personal assistant. Once you get the hang of using, you’ll become the most organized you’ve ever been.
See Related Article: Dance Leadership Tools From Anna Sarao & Arnel Calvario (Presented at H4 by CSLA)
8. For the dance community socialite –
GroupMe (Free on iOS and Android)
Groupme is basically a free chat room.
My dance team uses Facebook groups to post information, but we use GroupMe for reminders, or more immediate PSAs.
For example, if someone’s early to rehearsal you can post “Anyone free to grab dinner in the area?”
Or if you make a particularly awesome Snapchat during rehearsal and need to share/preserve it, you can upload that file onto GroupMe too.
The app works on every device, and even over SMS for those who don’t have the app. Though, receiving individual texts from every poster might get overwhelming.
See Related Article: How To Positively Contribute To The Dance Community
9. For the staging mastermind–
Playbook.Dance (Free on iOS)
As seen in Brotherhood’s Body Rock 2016 opener, Playbook is a useful app when blocking a piece.
It lets you use dots to plan out dance formations for your sets without pen and paper.
10. For the international traveler –
WhatsApp (Free on iOS and Android)
WhatsApp is the world’s most widely used messaging app, as you can send unlimited messages, images, videos, files, and make calls to your friends and family around the world – for free.
Yes, you need to be connected to WiFi, but that trade off is much more manageable than spending a fortune on roaming fees.
If you travel, or have met dancer friends while they were in town for a big international event (VIBE, HHI, Body Rock… ), WhatsApp allows you to keep in touch after they go back home!
See Related Article: The Evolution Of Our Global Dance Community
11. For the clean dancing perfectionist –
Coach’s Eye ($4.99 on iOS, starts free on Android)
Baseball players have perfected their swing, golfers have refined their form, tennis players have strengthened their backhands using this app.
Coach’s Eye was developed and is marketed to athletes, but it has a lot of practical use for dancers as well.
Dancers can clean their angles, pinpoint errors in technique, or make note to change parts of their choreography.
Slow-motion review lets you watch yourself and annotate the sections that you need to remember to change or fix.
You can also physically draw on the screen with arrows, circles, and squares for a more visual cue.
If you’re cleaning multiple people for a performance, it could be useful to record the set, make cleaning notes, and share it with the Facebook group or the individuals directly.
Cleaning is not the most fun part of a set making process, so a lot of the times we do what we have to at rehearsals, then forget the notes.
Coach’s eye provides a blueprint of those notes that dancers can refer to outside of rehearsal, so that hard work doesn’t go to waste.
See Related Article: How To Be A Cleaner Dancer
Are you checking your iTunes or Google Play right now for these apps? Good!
As much as we love Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Fruit Ninja, it’s great to save some space for apps that help your dance life.
Got any suggestions for other apps we should download? Comment below and share with us!
Apps are revolutionizing the world and changing the way we think, act, and live.
So of course there is a digital space for dancers to train, too! Take classes on STEEZY Studio.. After all, it’s the future!!!!
This article was originally published on July 6, 2016.