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 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.

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He has an interest in choreography. a show with excellent choreography
Recent Examples on the Web Ex Machina may not answer these questions, but the scene does gesture to an emergent area of robotics research: choreography. Sydney Skybetter, Wired, "How Choreography Can Help Robots Come Alive," 7 Feb. 2021 The choreography of the hearing appeared designed to portray due process being granted to Mr. Navalny. New York Times, "Russian Activist Navalny Sentenced to More Than 2 Years in Prison," 2 Feb. 2021 What was your approach to the fight choreography coming into S2? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "All-out war breaks out in San Francisco’s Chinatown in Warrior S2 finale," 4 Dec. 2020 What: Alabama Ballet performs classic ballet, set to choreography by Balanchine. Mary Colurso |, al, "Christmas events in Alabama 2020: Lights, skating rinks, concerts, Santa visits and more," 4 Dec. 2020 The models didn’t just walk down a catwalk, rather moved around a special set in the clothes to choreography done by the Indigenous dancer Brian Solomon. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Five Takeaways From Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto," 30 Nov. 2020 Backed by a virtual band, the group delivered their signature, slick choreography, before ultimately zooming out to reveal that their seemingly outdoor venue was a massive hangar all along, with a simulated plane taking off overhead. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Watch BTS Blow the Crowd Away With ‘Dynamite’ Performance at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards," 14 Oct. 2020 Then there’s the endlessly inventive choreography by Annie-B Parson, not so much dancing as a holistic system of movement performed joyfully by lead dancers Chris Giarmo and Tendayi Kuumba. Jocelyn Noveck,, "'American Utopia’ review: Spike Lee, David Byrne take us on a hypnotic journey," 14 Oct. 2020 The music video for this high-intensity track with booming synth notes, rich vocals and the climactic choreography of a sudden floor-drop became the fastest K-pop group debut music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube. Kat Moon, Time, "6 Rookie K-Pop Groups to Watch in 2021," 22 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of choreography was circa 1789

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“Choreography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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