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“Notetracks” by Notetracks, Inc.

Price: $4.99

App Overview: Notetracks can be used by dancers and dance teachers for writing and planning out choreography with music.  It allows users to take notes, sketch drawings, and add symbols along an audio timeline.  Advanced audio features include markers for easily returning to specific points in the music.  You can also share your audio project with others.

Pros: The app has some great audio playback features like the markers, which make it easy to track specific sections of the music. Being able to add notes makes it easy to organize.

Cons: The app is a bit pricey and only does a portion of the work, which is the music. I would pay the $4.99 if it included a video portion to connect the music with.

Overall: Great app for those who use music as a main source of their choreography. I would even recommend this for the initial stages of choreography set to specific music. You can note some ideas you may have for certain sections of music while you are still working on the choreography as a whole.

“Coach’s Eye” by TechSmith Corporation

Price: $60.00 – $240.00/year

App Overview: This app allows you to slow down and analyze movement recorded on video. You can playback your dances in slow motion to zero in on areas of your dance for a closer look. The app includes high frame rate HD video recording, precise video review, slow motion playback, side-by-side comparison, audio voice over, video telestration tools, and more. Made for all types of sports, this app is very handy for all coaches.

Pros: The app has a variety of useful functions that do what the human eye and memory cannot. The analysis capabilities are priceless and beyond helpful.

Cons: The app is very expensive and may not be something many can easily afford.

Overall: While the app isn’t cheap, it is an amazing tool for analysis. I would recommend this app more for coaches of dance teams or choreographers that require precision and unison in their dances. For teachers that can afford it, it may be a great tool to provide students feedback that they can watch themselves with audio commentary.

“iACE” by Jesse Bactad

Cost: $2.99

Description: ACE stands for “Achieve Choreography Excellence”. The app lets you video record your choreography with additional features. These features include flagging portions of the choreo, text or voice notes, draw on the screen, cut the video, slow motion and fast forward.

Pros: The app allows you to do all the things you would normally do on multiple forms of media in one place. It is also very easy to use.

Cons: Not much at all other than that it isn’t free.

Conclusion: This app is a must have for anyone in dance. It allows for review of errors and places where choreography needs improvement. This app is very useful for reviewing choreographic progress.

Stars: *****

Pandora — For Any Time and Any Mood

I have always been a fan of Pandora, since I first discovered it and listened to a variety of music on a big chinky desk top computer before the days of iTunes and iPads. Now that there is the Pandora app for iPad, I am able to listen to an array of music at anytime and in any location. It is wonderful and has been a huge help to access a pandora classical station on my iPad while studying for finals in the library, or warming up my body to the “Best of the 90s” mix. The Pandora App works well for anytime, any place, and any mood.