cho·​re·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌkȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce choreography (audio) \
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

Other Words from choreography

choreographic \ ˌkȯr-​ē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce choreography (audio) \ adjective
choreographically \ ˌkȯr-​ē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce choreography (audio) \ 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.

Examples of choreography in a Sentence

He has an interest in choreography. a show with excellent choreography
Recent Examples on the Web The surreal effect of this layout is enhanced by David Neumann‘s choreography, which keeps the mass of bodies in hypnotic motion. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The accompanying video seeks to make a statement about the fluidity of gender identity and subvert the expectations imposed by the gender binary through the video’s choreography, color, and wardrobe choices. Izzy Colón, SPIN, 27 Apr. 2022 Choreography, Ellenore Scott; tap choreography, Ayodele Casel; sets, David Zinn; music direction, Michael Rafter; costumes, Susan Hilferty; lighting, Kevin Adams; sound, Brian Ronan; orchestrations, Chris Walker. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 The couple are fluent in the Gaga movement language, the bold, expressive choreography created by Batsheva Dance Company’s former artistic director Ohad Naharin. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 The Best Pop Duo/Group Song nominees had spot-on choreography, gorgeous vocals, sharp fashion, and the kind of spirit and joy fitting for music’s big night. ELLE, 4 Apr. 2022 Roughly 80 students make up the cast and crew involved in every phase of the show, from set design, to costumes, lighting, choreography, sound effects and makeup. Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun, 1 Apr. 2022 There was some choreography in it, some second nature. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The choreography, orchestrated by Ryan Heffington, flings an over-the-top middle finger to Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi)— and Abrams had a blast filming it. Mónica Marie Zorrilla, Variety, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Choreography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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cho·​re·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌkȯr-ē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce choreography (audio) \

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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