I’m looking for an app about… dance
Every month, I link up with Playing By the Book for a round-up of book reviews under the title “I’m Looking for a Book About…” I’m a little late this month, but finally sneaking in to the back of the class with a few book apps which feature dance. Ready… and … five, six, seven, eight…
Sandra Boynton’s Barnyard Dance
by Loud Crow
We love this lively app which looks just like a real board book. The barnyard dance music and narration set a toe-tapping beat as you make the animals dance, twirl and move to the rhythm. As well as dancing, there are other interactions to discover like picking flowers which then fall out of the book, or making a small chick hatch from its egg. A lovely humorous adaptation which is perfect for little ones – easy to navigate, uncluttered and everything you touch has a purpose.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Available from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/barnyard-dance-boynton/id472530750?mt=8 priced at £2.49/$3.99 at time of writing.
Imagine Billy Elliot mixed with Tom and Jerry and you have Papa’s Boy. A family of mice live in a piano in a toy shop. Papa Mouse is a former boxing hero, and despairs of his son who just loves to dance in his green shorts and pink tutu. But when a mean cat catches Papa one day, the boy’s ballet skills come to the fore. Although there is no interactivity, the lightly animated illustrations by Jukka and Leevi Lemmetty are full of colour and expression, bringing the story alive. I was really glad to see a positive portrayal of a boy enjoying ballet too.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Available from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/papas-boy/id426902681?mt=8 priced at £1.99/$2.99 at time of writing.
The Swan Lake
This adaptation of Swan Lake would be a great download before a trip to the theatre, to familiarise children with the plot. The story is clearly explained using beautifully atmospheric illustrations by artist Yorgos Sgouros and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ballet score. You can view the pictures full screen with the narration, or read along with the text and a smaller version of the picture. There is some simple interactivity, such as changing Odette from a girl into a swan. Alongside the story a range of games, painting and postcards are included.
Compatible with iPad. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-swan-lake/id543890369?mt=8 priced at £2.49/$3.99 at time of writing.
Angelina Ballerina: Angelina’s New Ballet Teacher
by Callaway Digital Arts
Fans of Angelina Ballerina are bound to enjoy this app. Angelina has a new dance teacher, Miss Mimi, and learns that sometimes doing things in new or different ways can be just as good as what you are familiar with. I think this story could be quite helpful for us in the autumn when Mr Tall moves up from Reception (first year of school) to Year 1 and has a new teacher! You can tap on the illustrations as you read to animate the characters. Little Miss Chatterbox enjoys this but in Read to Me mode we find juggling it with the narration can be tricky, as you have to restart the narration after the animation finishes. On the other hand, the pop-out windows where Angelina explains the ballet terms used in the story are a great idea. You can also watch clips, paint, do puzzles and play a game.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Available from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/angelina-ballerinas-new-dance/id568963629?mt=8 priced at £1.99/$2.99 at time of writing.
What book apps about dance would you recommend? Let me know in the Comments section below!