cho·re·og·ra·phy | \ˌkȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē \
plural choreographies

Definition of choreography 

1 : the art of symbolically representing dancing

2a : 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

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Other Words from choreography

choreographic \ˌkȯr-ē-ə-ˈgra-fik \ adjective
choreographically \-fi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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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.

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He has an interest in choreography. a show with excellent choreography

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Intensely designed in black and white, the number, especially in the film version, practically stands on its own as a capsule of choreography and couture. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 Eureka struggles with choreography during rehearsals. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: 'American' gurls," 14 June 2018 The choreography Peck created continuously shifts the literal and metaphorical balance of power between them. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Justin Peck Is Making Ballet That Speaks to Our Everyday Lives," 10 May 2018 Companion's work is part of the company's Beer and Ballet IV, a showcase of six pieces with original choreography that coalesce around the theme of pop music. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Beer and ballet? Or Stravinsky served straight? Take your pick this Valentine's weekend," 14 Feb. 2018 Both De Keersmaeker and van Hove emphasized their enormous respect and admiration for the original choreography of Robbins, which has been faithfully replicated over the decades. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Winner Ivo van Hove to Direct 'West Side Story' on Broadway (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018 The story hit home for Narula who was then a theater student at Columbia College Chicago studying fight choreography. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Media / Theater Profiles abuse scandal inspires new magazine examining Chicago theater," 12 July 2018 Along the way, Mr. Ferver’s choreography for himself regularly involves vamping and club-dancing riffs; his work for the other characters comes in spurts with similarly campy tones. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Peter Pan’ Review: A Modern Neverland," 11 July 2018 In addition to his own specials, which integrate hyperstylized production and musical choreography, Burnham has directed specials for the likes of Chris Rock and Jerrod Carmichael. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Bo Burnham Went From YouTube to Stand-Up to Directorial Breakout 'Eighth Grade'," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of choreography

circa 1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for choreography

French chorégraphie, from Greek choreia + French -graphie -graphy

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English Language Learners 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


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

Kids Definition of choreography

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.

Other Words from choreography

choreographer \-fər \ noun

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