Dance reality: an augmented reality application for learning salsa

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Summary

  • Dance Reality teaches you the steps of salsa in AR
  • What the Dance Reality app offers in augmented reality

Salsa is both a musical genre and a typical Latin dance. Born in Cuba, salsa quickly spread throughout Latin America, especially in Colombia where it was widely adopted, then to the rest of the world, especially in North America and more recently in Europe. This dance, which uses basic steps but remains largely improvised, is generally practiced in pairs but also alone or in a group. Salsa is a bewitching dance but also quite technical. Hence the idea developed by a couple of salsa dancers to create "Dance Reality", an augmented reality application to master the basic steps and especially the coordination with the music..



Dance Reality teaches you the steps of salsa in AR

The most difficult with a new dance that you want to master is learning the steps and making it automatic. "Dance Reality" allows you to view, through your phone, the location of the steps according to the rhythm of the music.

It is thus easily easy to reproduce, by following the virtual footsteps, the movements of the salsa. According to the developers of the application, “Dance Reality” does not replace a salsa teacher but remains an excellent learning tool for keeping pace and automating dance steps.

What the Dance Reality app offers in augmented reality

The “Dance Reality” application developed with the ARKit allows you to learn to control your learning speed. It is thus possible to view the successions of steps in slow motion in order to become familiar with them.. A voice takes care of counting the steps. You can choose a song to accompany your learning and choose to either follow or lead the dance. The “Dance Reality” application can be used solo or in pairs. The application is currently in beta and will soon be available on iOS 11. You can now register on the site here to receive and test the beta version of the application soon.




“Dance Reality” was conceived by two salsa dancers from Seattle in the United States who needed a month of training to feel good with the steps of the salsa and its very specific rhythm. By developing the application in augmented reality, the dancers are convinced that they can greatly help those who wish to learn salsa and allow them to master both the steps and the rhythm, and this much faster than what. it took them.




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