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[kawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, kohr-] /ˌkɔr iˈɒg rə fi, ˌkoʊr-/
the art of composing ballets and other dances and planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers.
the technique of representing the various movements in dancing by a system of notation.
the arrangement or manipulation of actions leading up to an event:
the choreography of a surprise birthday party.
Origin of choreography
1780-90; < Greek chore- (stem of choreía chorea) + -o- + -graphy
Related forms
[kawr-ee-uh-graf-ik, kohr-] /ˌkɔr i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌkoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
choreographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for choreography
  • If ballet is to have a future, it needs new choreography.
  • Dancers can also use the tablet's camera to record video of choreography as they notate.
  • It was an evening in which strong choreography was weakly danced and weak choreography was strongly danced.
  • Her choreography and costumes are slightly awkward and disconcerting but all the more mesmerizing for it.
  • It's awesome and a little cute to see the robots move together in sync to the music and the choreography.
  • Brown can be depended on for powerful, stylish modern dance choreography.
  • The game the runs the performance with two different sets of choreography depending on which you have selected.
  • Still and all, it's always a great thing when the choreography matches the lyrics.
  • These seemingly simple elements combine to produce an oddly elaborate piece of celestial choreography.
  • Our muscles in the mouth, tongue, and throat must all twitch in carefully timed choreography.
British Dictionary definitions for choreography


the composition of dance steps and sequences for ballet and stage dancing
the steps and sequences of a ballet or dance
the notation representing such steps
the art of dancing
Derived Forms
choreographer, choregrapher, noun
choreographic (ˌkɒrɪəˈɡræfɪk), choregraphic (ˌkɒrəˈɡræfɪk) adjective
choreographically, choregraphically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Greek khoreia dance + -graphy
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Word Origin and History for choreography

1789, from French chorégraphie, coined from Latinized form of Greek khoreia "dance" (see chorus) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Related: Choreographic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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choreography in Culture

choreography definition

The art of arranging dance movements for performance.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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