choreography

[kawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, kohr-]
noun
1.
the art of composing ballets and other dances and planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers.
2.
the technique of representing the various movements in dancing by a system of notation.
3.
the arrangement or manipulation of actions leading up to an event: the choreography of a surprise birthday party.

Origin:
1780–90; < Greek chore- (stem of choreía chorea) + -o- + -graphy

choreographic [kawr-ee-uh-graf-ik, kohr-] , adjective
choreographically, adverb
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choreography or choregraphy (ˌkɒrɪˈɒɡrəfɪ, kɒˈrɛɡrəfɪ)
 
n
1.  the composition of dance steps and sequences for ballet and stage dancing
2.  the steps and sequences of a ballet or dance
3.  the notation representing such steps
4.  the art of dancing
 
[C18: from Greek khoreia dance + -graphy]
 
choregraphy or choregraphy
 
n
 
[C18: from Greek khoreia dance + -graphy]
 
chore'ographer or choregraphy
 
n
 
cho'regrapher or choregraphy
 
n
 
choreographic or choregraphy
 
adj
 
choregraphic or choregraphy
 
adj
 
choreo'graphically or choregraphy
 
adv
 
chore'graphically or choregraphy
 
adv

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choreography
c.1789, from Fr. chorégraphie, coined from Gk. khoreia "dance" + graphein "to write."
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choreography definition


The art of arranging dance movements for performance.

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Example sentences
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.
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