Definition of choreograph in English:



[with object]
  • 1Compose the sequence of steps and moves for (a ballet or other performance of dance)

    ‘the ballet was choreographed by Diaghilev’
    • ‘He choreographed ballets that involved the full company in explosive outbursts of energy.’
    • ‘She has annually organised and choreographed sell-out shows starring her pupils, with all the proceeds going to local charities.’
    • ‘The ballet was directed and choreographed by Reema Goyal, a dance tutor at the institute.’
    • ‘Kathryn led her own contemporary dance company for eighteen years and now choreographs for ballet companies nationally and internationally.’
    • ‘New York City Ballet's 22-year-old Melissa Barak started choreographing ballets when she was 8.’
    • ‘Then sometimes back at the studio I will give them several phrases of a waltz or march to choreograph a dance using the images, color, texture, and perspective that they saw in the museum.’
    • ‘Together they lived in China and South Africa, and although becoming involved in the politics of both countries, she still found time to study and choreograph dances.’
    • ‘Becki is the only one in the band who doesn't play an instrument but her role is no less important, as she choreographs the dance moves which are a major part of the Pipettes' package.’
    • ‘We need to be as creative about choreographing our economic health as we are about choreographing our dances.’
    • ‘The presentation was an enormous success, and Toye was soon much in demand, choreographing ballets and dance routines for numerous stage companies.’
    • ‘In choreographing the dance sequences, Chelsom shows too much restraint and good taste.’
    • ‘In 1814 he moved to Lyons and then to Vienna where he choreographed numerous ballets and divertissements.’
    • ‘The best of the five other dances was choreographed a young member of the company, Leandro Delgado.’
    • ‘After leaving Swindon, Floyd joined the Union Dance Company and had choreographed his first ballet within three years.’
    • ‘In his first year, he staged Apollo, updated The Nutcracker, commissioned Dwight Rhoden to choreograph two ballets, and created two new works himself.’
    • ‘Pollyann, 40, who runs the Tanwood School of Dancing, helped to choreograph Catherine's dances when she attended the Hazel Johnson School of Dancing in Swansea.’
    • ‘He's 45, he writes plays, directs operas and choreographs ballets - his curious version of Swan Lake ruffled feathers when it was staged at the Edinburgh International Festival two years ago.’
    • ‘Jason is in his fifth season with the Washington Ballet and he has choreographed several other dances for them.’
    • ‘Who choreographed a ballet based on Wuthering Heights for the Paris Opera Ballet?’
    • ‘I feel that choreographing ballets is the same as a director directing a play.’
    make arrangements for, arrange, coordinate, sort out, put together, fix up, get together, orchestrate, be responsible for, be in charge of, take care of, look after, see to, see about, deal with, direct, run, manage, conduct, administrate, set up, mobilize, mastermind, engineer
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    1. 1.1 Plan and control (an event or operation)
      ‘the committee choreographs the movement of troops’
      • ‘England controlled matters to choreograph the thrusts of their impressive three quarters, Mike Tindall and Perry, who repeatedly cut a swathe through the beleaguered Welsh lines.’
      • ‘They perform just about every task, from meeting with families to embalming to choreographing the funeral procession.’
      • ‘Party managers choreograph demonstrations for the cameras.’
      • ‘‘There might be one overall company choreographing the process, but we expect there to be a number of vendors involved,’ he said.’
      • ‘It was an amazing experience to choreograph the ceremonies.’
      • ‘In Bangalore to choreograph the fashion show of women achievers of the City to raise funds for the Cancer Patients' Aid Association, Hemant Trivedi is more famous as a fashion designer.’
      • ‘Obviously, the angry manager-fights are about as choreographed as a professional wrestling match, but at least it's kind of fun.’
      • ‘In the Tanzanian city of Arusha, a set of intriguing and tightly choreographed rituals is being enacted.’
      • ‘Traditionally, a director would be given five minutes to choreograph a new fight, have the stars practice the movements, and film it.’
      • ‘We get out there and we've got it choreographed from start to finish.’
      • ‘As far as appears, the only attempt to choreograph the meeting occurred when a Chattanooga reporter manipulated the process to have a question about armored vehicles posed.’
      • ‘Michael Schumacher is punted out at the first corner after trying to choreograph the start with team-mate Rubens Barrichello, who finishes third.’
      • ‘Parades don't just happen: someone has to choreograph them, so it all appears effortless and seamless.’
      • ‘For a sporting occasion to be a copyright event it has to be directed, choreographed or scripted.’
      • ‘Practices are the embodied wisdom of the church across the centuries - the very kind of wisdom that religious leaders need in order to choreograph congregational life today.’
      • ‘The result, even at its loosest, is as formal and choreographed as the stiffest and most status-conscious dinner party.’
      • ‘But it helped choreograph an energy boom that is transforming the Rocky Mountains into the country's newest energy frontier.’
      • ‘Those current events just happened so it was almost like I could say they choreographed my future life.’
      • ‘The whole event is choreographed down to the smallest detail, and that includes what the royal family member will say.’
      • ‘It has to be said that if this happened to be a well planned strategy, it wasn't that well choreographed.’
      bring about, cause, arrange, pull off, bring off, fix, set up, plot, scheme, contrive, plan, put together, devise, manoeuvre, manipulate, negotiate, organize, orchestrate, mobilize, mount, stage, put on, mastermind, originate, manage, stage-manage, coordinate, control, superintend, direct, conduct, handle, concoct
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1940s: back-formation from choreography.