There's an App for That: Dancer Edition
Most of our modern inconveniences come with a simple solution: there's an app for that. For dancers, it's no different. There are hundreds of phone applications that exist to help us learn and share dances, find and edit music, track down the nearest dancewear store, make sure our bodies our healthy, and pretty much anything else you might need. Here's a roundup of some of the best:
- Ballet Lite. (Free) Whether you're new to ballet or just can't keep track of the terminology, this app provides explanations, photos, and pronunciation notes for the trickiest of ballet's French terms.
- Waterlogged. (Free) Staying hydrated in the studio is essential for dancers to remain energized and safe. Sometimes it's hard to remember to drink enough water when you're busy moving (and sweating!). Waterlogged keeps track of your water intake and reminds you to drink enough throughout your day.
- Shazam. (Free) Ever hear a song on the radio that sounds perfect for your upcoming choreographic project/class/workout routine, but you can't figure out what it's called our who it's by? Use Shazam to solve the mystery so that your dance playlists are always well stocked.
- Blogilates. (Free) Whether you're on tour, vacation, or just having a busy day, sometimes it's hard to find the time to cross train. Blogilates has hundreds of 5–10 minute videos jam-packed with fun and challenging Pilates sequences. You can even choose which muscles you want to focus on.
- Notetracks. ($4.99) For choreographers, teachers, or dancers looking for a new way to remember choreography, Notetracks is a unique, interactive option that allows you to take notes on the audio file, so that your dance notes are synced with the part of the music they match.
- Sleep Cycle. ($0.99) If you struggle with mid-afternoon exhaustion, it may be because your body's sleep schedule is off. With Sleep Cycle, you can set a 30 minute window in which you'd like to wake up, and the app's alarm will go off when you're in the lightest sleep phase, so you wake up naturally.
Just four years ago, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomed its first class of BFA students. The program—which boasts world-class faculty and a revolutionary approach to training focused on collaboration and hybridity—immediately established itself as one of the country's most prestigious and most innovative.
Now, the first graduating class is entering the dance field. Here, six of the 33 graduates share what they're doing post-grad, what made their experience at USC Kaufman so meaningful and how it prepared them for their next steps:
Every dancer knows there's as much magic taking place backstage as there is in what the audience sees onstage. Behind the scenes, it takes a village, says American Ballet Theatre's wig and makeup supervisor, Rena Most. With wig and makeup preparations happening in a studio of their own as the dancers rehearse, Most and her team work to make sure not a single detail is lost.
Dance Magazine recently spoke to Most to find out what actually goes into the hair and makeup looks audiences see on the ABT stage.
On a sunny July weekend, hundreds of Seattle-area dance fans converged on tiny Vashon Island, a bucolic enclave in Puget Sound about 20 miles from the city. They made the ferry trek to attend the debut performance of the fledgling Seattle Dance Collective.
SDC is not a run-of-the-mill contemporary dance company; it's the brainchild of two of Pacific Northwest Ballet's most respected principal dancers: James Yoichi Moore and Noelani Pantastico. The duo wanted to create a nimble organization to feature dancers and choreographers they felt needed more exposure in the Pacific Northwest.