Simple Definition of choreography
: the art or job of deciding how dancers will move in a performance; also : the movements that are done by dancers in a performance
Full Definition of choreographyplural
1 : the art of symbolically representing dancing
2 a : the composition and arrangement of dances especially for ballet b : a composition created by this art
3 : something resembling choreography <a snail-paced choreography of delicate high diplomacy — Wolfgang Saxon>
choreographicplay \ˌkȯr-ē-ə-ˈgra-fik\ adjective
choreographicallyplay \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of choreography in a sentence
He has an interest in choreography.
a show with excellent choreography
Did You Know?
In ancient Greece, a choreia was a circular dance accompanied by a singing chorus. But the actual notating of dances by means of symbols didn't begin until the 17th or 18th century, when ballet developed into a complex art form in France. The choreographer of a major ballet, which might run to an hour or more, will always record his or her work in notation, though choreographing a five-minute segment for a TV talent show usually doesn't require any record at all.
Origin and Etymology of choreography
French chorégraphie, from Greek choreia + French -graphie -graphy
First Known Use: circa 1789
CHOREOGRAPHY Defined for Kids
Definition of choreography for Students
1 : the art of arranging the movements of dancers for a performance and especially a ballet
2 : the arrangement of a dance <The choreography for the video won an award.>
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