choreography

noun cho·re·og·ra·phy \ ˌkȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of choreography

plural choreographies
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

choreographic

play \ˌkȯr-ē-ə-ˈgra-fik\ adjective

choreographically

play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of choreography in a Sentence

  1. He has an interest in choreography.

  2. a show with excellent choreography

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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

Other Dance Terms


CHOREOGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners

choreography

noun

Definition of choreography for English Language Learners

  • : the art or job of deciding how dancers will move in a performance; also : the movements that are done by dancers in a performance


CHOREOGRAPHY Defined for Kids

choreography

noun cho·re·og·ra·phy \ ˌkȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē \

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.

choreographer

\-fər\ noun


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