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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Clockwise from top left: Photo by Loreto Jamlig, Courtesy Ladies of Hip-Hop; Wikimedia Commons; Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet; Natasha Razina, Courtesy State Academic Mariinsky Theatre; Photo by Will Mayer for Better Half Productions, Courtesy ABT

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Comments have been pouring in from every angle imaginable: from history lessons on black face, to people outside of the ballet world expressing disbelief that this happens in 2019, to castigations of Copeland for exposing these young girls to the line of fire for what is ultimately the Bolshoi's costuming choice, to the accusations that the girls—no matter their cultural competence—should have known better.

I am a black dancer, and in 2003, when I was 11 years old, I was dressed up in blackface to perform in the Mariinsky Ballet's production of La Bayadère.

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