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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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