Have feet? Will dance!
Some of us just breathe, eat and live dance. Apple famously declared in 2009- “There’s an app for that”. Your Smartphone can now bring you closer to your favorite dance too!
From hip-hop to salsa, these apps can help you go from a novice to a pro. Even if it is just to understand the basics of a new dance form or to learn what’s new in the dancing world, your Smartphone could very well help you in more ways than one.
We have compiled a list of some of the most amazing iOS and Android apps which are most popular amongst the dancing fraternity. Here are some of the exciting features that you would find in them :
- You could learn new dance steps
- You could know about a new dance form
- They help you track your progress
- You can record a groovy song at a concert and the app will help you find OST to practice
- You can track various dancing events happening around you
- There are instructional videos for you to learn
- You can record your video, voice instructions etc for next rehearsal, no need to keep a notepad
- You can connect with other dancers and share tips, tricks and a lot more
- You could get valuable inputs on fitness, diet, costumes, hacks etc.
- They help you organize a playlist for your class
- You can break down a student’s dance moves to analyze them later.
- You can list top dancing moves and practice them later
- They help you to reach out to closest dance class or instructor- without stepping out of your home
While one dance app may or may not have all these features, but there are a bunch of apps which do all this and a lot more! Let's explore some of the hottest ones on the block!
1. Just Dance Now - Android
Just Dance allows you to have the best choreographers and their videos on your phone. What’s more, you can connect your Smartphone to a bigger internet-enabled screen and dance along.
The social mode feature allows you to dance with other subscribers. You can also create lots of playlists, track your calories burnt on the health dashboard and a lot more.
2. Pole Motion - iOS
Fancy pole dancing?
This app is suitable for both beginners as well as advanced level pole fit dancers. It has video tutorials, step by step pictures, complete routine, toning exercises, you name it. Hosted by a renowned and respected performer and instructor from Great Britain, this one is only for serious dancers.
3. BeSpun Pole Dance- Android
BeSpun Pole dance is a mobile app that allows you to view class schedules, sign up for classes, view ongoing promotions as well as studio locations and contact information for your locality. All in all, this app tells helps you keep a tab on all things dance happening around you.
4. Pocket Salsa- Free- iOS & Android
With more than 120 dance lessons, a podcast channel and improvisational tutorials, you can take your salsa moves to the next level with hugely popular Pocket Salsa. Salsa lesson videos are provided by the renowned instructors from Addicted 2Salsa and are suitable for basic as well as advanced learners. You can also download salsa dance moves and combination videos to your device so that you can learn to dance salsa anywhere in the world.
5. Fitvity App- Hip Hop Dance Vol 1- iOS
Suitable for both beginners and advanced hip-hop dancers, this app comes loaded with stunning choreography and multiple training programs. Fitvity has over 80 hip-hop dance moves and multiple training programs for dance. It also has Fitvity beats that gives you a highly engaging dance workout experiences that combine mixes by DJs and super motivating trainers.
Fitvity has more than 80 apps to explore dance, sports and more.
6. Learn to Dance –Android
From the Latin dances more extended as the salsa, bachata, and kizomba, to dances of all parts of the world, flamenco from Spain, Bollywood from India, belly dance, tap dance, hip hop, break dance, Tango Argentino. Apart from scores of videos, it also includes instructions for learning the first steps to get dancing. It covers almost all forms of dances and is relatively very cheap to stay in touch with latest moves.
7. Ballet Class – iOS
Ballet Class comes loaded with piano music for dance lessons. You can choose your preferred piano piece from a long list of tunes, composed and played by professional pianists. The tunes are ordered according to the traditional sequence of exercises to give you an experience of a structured ballet class. You can also set the speed, the number of bars etc to adapt to your level and exercise routine. You can also create your own playlist with your favorite songs.
8. Shazam – iOS & Android
What’s dance without music? Enter Shazam, an app that is used by millions worldwide to instantly identify the music that is playing and create your own playlists.
It also helps in identifying new music and preview songs to help you see before you buy through Google play music or Spotify. It has a visual recognition and QR code reader which ensures you can identify good music through posters, magazines, books and a lot more.
9. Step Dance Moves- Android
Want simple steps to help you learn step dance? This is your app to go to. Stepping is an important part of America’s artistic and cultural heritage. The lessons in this app are suitable for beginners, intermediate as well as advanced dancers. There are lots of routines like clogs, jig, reels and show tunes.
10. Belly Dance Fitness- iOS & Android
If you are looking at Belly Dance app, this is your place to be. This app focuses on teaching belly dancing as a way to overall fitness. Along with audios on how to start, health benefits of belly dancing, there are tutorials on what to wear, beauty tips and a lot more.
11. STEEZY Studio - Learn To Dance iOS & Android
The Steezy studio works with some of the world’s best dancers in their respective genres and has created countless free tutorials which break a Studio class into step by step dance movements.
The way the lessons are presented, you are forced to learn, not merely copy the instructors.
With three levels of dance classes- beginners, intermediate and advanced, STEEZY is a strong contender to be one of the best dance apps in near future. Currently available styles are
- Hip Hop & Urban Dance
- House Dance
12. Dance Reality- iOS
Dance Reality uses Apple's latest augmented reality technology (ARKit) to place footprints onto the floor in front of you. You look through your phone to step on the footprints, and then you follow the animation to practice common dance patterns. The app is not intended to be a substitute for proper dance instruction, but rather a tool to practice steps and rhythm. You can also control the speed to learn at your own pace, and the counting voice-over helps you say on the beat. There is a specific music for each style with features like follow and lead steps, solo and couple practice.
The app also comes loaded with instructional videos from professional dancers for styles like salsa, bachata, waltz, hip-hop and a lot more.
13. Dance with Madhuri- iOS & Android
If Bollywood is your calling, then try -Dance with Madhuri™ (DWM), the world's first celebrity-backed, online, gamified dance academy.
DWM gives its users the chance to learn various dance styles from the best teachers, in the most systematic, authentic and convenient way possible. It allows the users to exhibit their talents by uploading their videos, progress and much more. Simply said, it allows you to dance as if no one is watching, anytime, anywhere and with anyone.
14. Learn Bhangra- iOS & Android
Learn Bhangra teaches you "Bhangra," a high-energy folk dance originating from Punjab. The head LBA instructor, Lavesh, breaks down each step in easy-to-learn video tutorials that also offer an exercise component. You can progress at your own pace through our instructional videos and complete challenging workouts that piece all the steps together. Through the app, you'll learn how to do the Bhangra and if you're ready to take it to the next level, you can download "The Bhangra Workout," a high-intensity 30-day workout plan.
15. Movitae- iOS & Android
Movitae has something for everyone. Originally designed for studio owners, dance instructors, dancing schools, its benefits have made it a hugely popular medium for learners and all stakeholders in the dancing fraternity. Movitae allows you to record and privately share rehearsals, choreography or a specific movement, provide or request teacher feedback, create and access online learning programs and educational resources to complement training, move, analyze, educate, share and receive feedback from your teacher, collaborate on group choreography projects, access information and resources specific to an organization, school, dance or drama program and much more.
Dancing is all about having fun, and also a tool for getting in touch with people, making friends, letting go of your inhibitions and fears, and a great workout. These mobile apps take your dancing to the next level, whichever step you feel your dancing life is! For a beginner, these apps are a blessing; because they help faster transition in a world you have just started taking baby steps in. For teachers and instructors, it pays to be in tune with what’s happening and stay ahead on the learning curve. But remember, no app can replace your zeal, passion, dedication to learning, practice and improve upon your dance! It has to come from within you!
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