In the Saltate! research project, we evaluate the influence of different kinds of augmented feedback on performance and learning of beginning dancers. The project name was taken from Dieter's diploma thesis which was the first part of this project.

Second System: Learning Basic Dance Choreographies with different Augmented Feedback Modalities
How does it work?

We use a motion capturing system to track a participant's feet positions.

Research Questions

With this system, we support beginning dancers in learning a simple choreography.
Feedback is planned both acoustically and vibrational. (This part is inspired by Daniel's work)

First System: A Sensor-Based System To Support Dance Beginners


How does Saltate! work?

Saltate! uses pressure sensors which are mounted under balls and heels of the dancers to determine the timing of their steps.
These timings are compared to the timings of beats within the played music. In case Saltate detects errors or problems,
it supports dancers by emphasizing the music's beats.

Research questions

We want to find out in how far different feedbacks influence the learning and performance of beginning dancers.

Conducted studies

In an initial study, we found out that beginning dancers' system acceptance is high.
Subjectively, the extra beats helped our subjects to dance in step.

Due to the small number of couples that data was usable, we could not detect statistical significant differences between feedback and no-feedback condition.

Current technical status

Saltate currently supports Slow Waltz and can play ten different songs.


We abandoned the hardware used in this initial work and stepped over to using a Vicon Motion Tracking System. This allows us to discriminate between different steps and therefore use feedback on more detailed movements.


If you have questions, proposals, or hints, contact Dieter.


Saltate! - eine Maschine, die Menschen das Tanzen beibringt. Radio Broadcast WDR4. Ingo Wagner, Jan 31, 2012.

Der Computer gibt den Takt vor: Die Software "Saltate" hilft tanzen lernen, nano Wissenschaftsmagazin, 3sat TV, April 29, 2011 (in German) (MPEG-4 video).

Saltate! Flyer in Tatort Wissenschaft
Saltate! Text in Tatort Wissenschaft



  • Dieter Drobny and Jan Borchers. Learning Basic Dance Choreographies with different Augmented Feedback Modalities.  In CHI '10: Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM Press, New York, NY, USA, 2010.
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  • 2009

  • Dieter Drobny, Malte Weiss and Jan Borchers. Saltate! - A Sensor-Based System to Support Dance Beginners.  In CHI '09: Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 3943–3948, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2009.
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  • 2008

  • Dieter Drobny. Saltate! - A Sensor Based System to Support Dance Beginners. Master's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University,December 2008.
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