Magazine article Dance Magazine

Choreography S.O.S.: Onscreen Dancemaking Help

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Choreography S.O.S.: Onscreen Dancemaking Help

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Recital season just got a little easier. This spring ChoreoPro released Dance Designer software, which can simplify rehearsals, music editing and dance notation. "We discovered similar tasks every choreographer has to deal with," says Sean Glen, owner of ChoreoRro, "We came up with tools to speed up the process--without taking any creativity away."

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Although the program won't create choreography for you, it will help you throughout every step of making a routine. First, it analyzes your music and adds in dance counts, You can add markers at specific counts you may want to skip to in rehearsal. The program also lets you speed up or slow down the tempo, and works with remotes so you don't have to walk over to the CD player during rehearsal.

Many dance teachers get most excited about the "Path" section. Displaying animated dancers on a virtual stage, you can figure out formations and how to move everyone from point A to B, These traffic patterns sync with the music and any notes you write about the steps. …

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