Name of Application: Dance Maker by 92Y
Pros: features activities and resources for dance teachers, helps you to connect to the DEL community
Cons: I still cannot figure out how to download it! It does not show up in the Apple or Google app store for me.
Description: This app seems like a valuable tool for the dance educator. It is neatly divided into three sections: movement sentences, the idea machine, and resources. The “movement sentence” generator is a tool to help create choreography, typically with younger students. You can choose from pre-selected themes such as animals, earth, or outer space. You are then presented with relevant action words that you can put together in any order you like. Apply elements from Laban Movement Analysis and you have a dance! The “idea machine” provides inspiration for choreography while “resources” assists with lesson plans and tips for any grade level.
Conclusion/Commentary: This app is something I have wanted to try for a long time. I don’t think I would use it all the time in my classroom, but it seems like a fun way to help kids discover interesting ideas for choreography. It also is a way for teachers to connect dance to technology. Hopefully I can figure out how to get it soon!
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