Prepping a variation for your upcoming auditions? If the Paquita music you downloaded from iTunes isn’t a ballet-friendly speed, try the Tempo SlowMo app, which lets you import songs from your music library and adjust their tempo—between 20 and 250 percent of the original speed—without changing pitch. The app’s helpful markers make rehearsal more efficient. To nail that tricky petit allégro section or build stamina, use the loop markers to replay sections of the song on a continuous loop. Pinpoint the “5, 6, 7, 8” before your fouettés with a place marker, or cut applause and lengthy intros on a live recording with the start and end markers. When you’re ready to film your variation, save the speed-adjusted track and export it via Dropbox or email.

The various import/export options, markers and tempo-adjusting tool come with the free download. Additional features are available for in-app purchase, including a playlist option that allows you to consolidate your customized classical and contemporary tracks in one place. Tempo SlowMo, by Martian Storms Ltd., is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iTouch and is available for free download from the App Store.

Benedicte Bemet, newly appointed soloist at The Australian Ballet, rehearsing Paquita. Photo by Lynette Wills courtesy of The Australian Ballet.

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Pointe just launched its new iPad app! Download each issue on your tablet. Just like the print edition, the app will put you backstage and up close with top stars and choreographers. It gives dancers everything they need to succeed in ballet: tips on technique and artistry, intimate photos, audition advice from artistic directors, the latest fitness info, and more. This interactive version offers extra iPad-only videos and slideshows. Find it in the app store.

Remember how awesome pop-up books were as a kid? With each turn of the page, there was something new to pull out, to twist open, to discover.

 

Well, we've basically created a pop-up Pointe magazine—on your iPad. Throughout our digital edition you'll uncover extra photos, bonus videos and exclusive giveaways. Read about your favorite dancers and watch them perform all in the same place.

 

We just launched a new $9.99 digital subscription to Pointe on your iPad. To celebrate, anyone who signs up for it will qualify to win one of 10 free one-year print subscriptions to Pointe. Simply email your iTunes receipt for $9.99 to pointe@dancemedia.com to enter.

Extra photos of Ashley Bouder at home in her New York apartment. Videos of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in performance. An exclusive look behind the scenes with cover ballerina Misa Kuranaga. Pointe's August/September iPad edition is loaded with goodies!

 

And we've got a special deal: When you subscribe to our new $9.99 digital edition, you can become eligible to win one year's print subscription. Simply email your "Pointe $9.99 Subscription" iTunes receipt to pointe@dancemedia.com to qualify.

To kick off the new year, Pointe is offering up a fresh jolt of inspiration: We just released a special Photo Exclusive for the iPad. This digital edition, dedicated to our favorite images from the Pointe photo archives, is filled with never-before-seen shots of the most riveting dancers on the planet. See Polina Semionova perform from the wings. Catch a glimpse of Beckanne Sisk before she went pro. Take a peek at Misty Copeland in company class.

 

The Photo Exclusive is free for Pointe iPad subscribers, or can be purchased on its own for 99 cents. Find it in the Apple Newsstand.

Prix de Lausanne finals will be streaming live on February 2—and if you download the competition’s app onto your iPhone or iPad, you can watch the dancers perform right in the palm of your hand. See some of the most promising students from around the world go head to head for top scholarships and career-launching prizes. The free app also has a photo gallery of past prize winners (including Gillian Murphy, Carlos Acosta, Diana Vishneva and other stars as teenagers!), behind the scenes videoblogs and updates on the latest competition news. Search “Prix de Lausanne” in the app store.

 

Still undecided whether to get a tablet subscription to Pointe? Our app was just spotlighted on magplus.com in a write-up that highlights how we've used digital features to bring the world of ballet to your fingertips. Whether it's on your iPad, Nook or Android, you'll get everything from bonus photos to audio files of director interviews to great performance footage. Click here to read what the buzz is all about.

Need a quick workout on the go? Download Yogify, a free app for the iPhone or iPad produced by EA Sports. It comes with five sample classes ranging from 15 to 45 minutes long, beginner to advanced level—plus the option to purchase up to 40 additional classes. Although it's not the same as having a live teacher in the room, the program makes everything super clear. Before you even start the video, you can preview the series of poses with a step-by-step list of pictures (including tips on how to perform each correctly). Best of all? You can set your personal playlist behind the teacher's voice so you're moving to your own music.

 

 

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