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

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Other Words from choreography

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

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The choreography is lively yet frantic and oddly twitchy, skillfully showing off the incredible dancers but encouraging them to excess. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: At Ailey, an Overdone Ode to Inspiration and Education," 13 June 2019 Those who know ballet, know that Alexei Ratmansky’s choreography is singular. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The American Ballet Theatre Hosts Its Spring Gala Celebrating Choreographer Extraordinaire Alexei Ratmansky," 21 May 2019 In the photos, Gadot can be seen posing alongside her director, Patty Jenkins, and practicing choreography for the movie. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wonder Woman 1984 Has Finished Filming, & Gal Gadot Celebrated with New Set Photos," 27 Dec. 2018 Noted fashion icon and meme star Blue Ivy Carter has already proven her choreography skills. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Blue Ivy Carter Flexed Her Comedy Muscles on Tina Lawson’s Instagram," 13 May 2019 The music and choreography were so intertwined that at some point a dancer was slinking alongside of FLUX. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York City Ballet Starts Its Spring Season With Two World Premieres," 4 May 2019 Yes, Blue Ivy makes an appearance—crushing some choreography with her mom. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "It Sure Looks Like Netflix Just Announced a Beyoncé Special," 8 Apr. 2019 At a recent rehearsal of the pivotal ball scene, where the two offspring of the feuding Capulet and Montague families first set eyes on one another (and clamp lips), director John Langs was refining some complex choreography with the ensemble. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "Here’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ like you’ve never seen it, with the star-crossed lovers bridging the gap between American Sign Language and English," 20 Feb. 2019 Conductor Steven Osgood drew a warm sound from the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, which sounded bigger than its complement of 16 players would suggest, and skillfully managed the opera’s complicated vocal choreography. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Flood’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Reviews: Premieres in Pursuit of Reinvention," 11 Feb. 2019

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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 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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