I recently met with a dance instructor to look for iPad apps that might serve as useful tools in her instruction. We found some interesting apps based on projects she was doing. The two coolest ones we found were Mannequin Dancers and FREE Sound Effects!
Mannequin Dancers (free - iPad only)
This simple app lets you change the positions of the mannequins' heads, arms, and legs in different keyframes, and the program fills in the motion in between. You can add extra keyframes for more positions, play background music, and even import a background image (as I did in the screenshot above). It takes a little time to get used to how to position the two mannequins, but once figured out I think the program has a lot of potential for demonstrating and designing a series of poses and movements.
FREE Sound Effects! (free - iPad and iPhone)
This app has several negative reviews and I'm sure there are many better alternatives, but we found that the interface was easy to navigate and one of the best features was the ability to quickly make up to 3 custom sound effects. The dance instructor has a unit where her students design movements based on sound effects so it seemed like this tool was appropriate for her needs.
Header photo by Robert S. Donovan