When Apple added stickers as part of its latest software update, it opened up a whole new world of fun texting options. But let's be real—many of the standard stickers are kind of irrelevant to the life of a dancer.
That's where "Stickers for Dancers" comes in. Designed by Khara Hanlon, a former Dance Magazine editor, the app offers a treasure trove of 100 dance-themed stickers, and they go way beyond the typical images of pointe shoes and jewelry-box ballerinas you might expect.
The stickers capture the little quirks and inside jokes that only dancers can relate to, and they're endlessly entertaining. There are bottles of pointe shoe glue, toe pads, lambswool and bobby pins. There's dance-y wordplay ("pas de chat later?"), bunhead smiley faces and a “merde” sticker that plays off of the popular “pile of poo” emoji. And there are colorful dancing figures in an array of poses and positions (Hanlon studied images of artists from companies like American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet for inspiration).
You can download the app for $0.99 from the iTunes App Store.
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.
No dancer should ever leave home without a good dose of inspiration. We've found one that's kind of awesome: The free New York City Ballet iPhone app. It’s constantly updated with fun new pictures of the dancers—both on stage and off—and has a Twitter section that shows a feed of tweets from company members. Best of all, it contains links to top NYCB video clips with dancers explaining their approaches to roles and dishing about what it’s actually like behind the scenes. Find it in the App Store.
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.
I’ve always been ashamed to admit that I try harder in class when I know the teacher is looking at me. I also elevate my arabesque higher when I'm standing next to the girl with great extension. While I realize competition is part of our human nature, I wish I could push myself on my own. Now, there's a new (free!) app, Proof!, that helps you accomplish your goals by adding a little friendly virtual competition. Through the app, you set up personalized goals and share them with friends or family. Then you post a picture or video of yourself following through with the goal—with your friends there to check up on you. It's a perfect way to motivate yourself to reach higher and improve your technique faster. Download the app, available for Android and iPhone, and then challenge your whole class to a little friendly wager: Who can make their double pirouette a triple? Or their triple a quadruple?