3. The DanceMaker App
The DanceMaker app is an incredible tool that was designed especially for dance teachers. Anna Paterson, Dance Education major at Hofstra University, explains, “The Dance Maker App, created by Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) helps students and teachers come up with ideas for short dance phrases and improv activities. A user can select a theme and other dance concepts to create dance phrases.” Once the dancer has selected action verbs from a theme, they are prompted to add aspects of Laban Movement Analysis and the elements of dance. Then, the app puts it all together to generate a movement sentence for students to choreograph.
Anna admits, “This is a great tool to use when students first start choreographing. It is also good for when students get stuck. By using this tool, students never get bored with the same activity, while also receiving new creative ways to move and compose.” This app is a great way for students and teachers to break out of their comfort zones and to choreograph something that might feel foreign to them.
Anna also points out, “This app is also great for resources. The app has links to the [National Core Arts] Standards and [New York City’s] Blueprint for dance. Through the app users can see exactly which one of the standards all of the lesson ideas fit into. I love this tool and I think it can be implemented in the dance classroom in so many ways. DEL created something that is user-friendly and can give a user new and creative ideas.”