Definition of choreography in English:



mass noun
  • 1The sequence of steps and movements in dance or figure skating, especially in a ballet or other staged dance.

    ‘the rumbustious choreography reflects the themes of the original play’
    • ‘Rounding off the night are two short but powerful choreographies, Kaamos and Arbos, making their Canadian debut in this show, which runs until June 2 at Place des Arts.’
    • ‘The choreography, music, lighting and most of all the dancing all combined to convey this pain.’
    • ‘His choreography surrendered to gravity and dealt in angles and broken lines as well as broken phrases.’
    • ‘Performing her own modern choreography at The Juilliard School rekindled her drive.’
    • ‘Lerman's professional company carried the three choreographies requiring strong technique and they interpreted their material well.’
    • ‘Performances by Susan Daniel, Elaine Dunbar and Dawn Sadoway were flawless and the height of craft - as was the music and choreography.’
    • ‘The second act was a continuous display of skilled dancing and complicated choreography, originally designed by Lev Ivanov of the Russian Ballet at the turn of the 19th century.’
    • ‘The dancing and choreography of Camille Stubel and the cast creates an additional dimension of humour and fluidity in the play.’
    • ‘Farrell's sense of discovery in every step and her sheer generosity of spirit within the very different choreographies of these three masters make her living example invaluable.’
    • ‘Rather than learning set choreographies, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the music and traditional movements, and to use this as a foundation for their own personal expression and creativity.’
    • ‘Stroman's endlessly inventive choreography blends many forms of dance - from ballroom to jazz to ballet - into an idiom that's both witty and muscular.’
    • ‘The Royal Ballet has won audiences for 70 years now with its own choreographies.’
    • ‘The portion of the case dealing with rights to Graham's choreography might be heard as early as this fall.’
    • ‘Her choreography, not designed to be easy, is handled very well by the company and makes a thrilling evening in the theatre.’
    • ‘For next year's Hamburg Ballet Days, Jiri will contribute several choreographies of his own.’
    • ‘Seeing his choreographies is always a treat, but attending a talk at the Candian Centre for Architecture with American choreographer William Forsythe gave followers extra insight to Forsythe as choreographer and as a person.’
    • ‘An essential element of Ballet Central's programmes are new choreographies from emerging and established choreographers as well as new scores from composer and Musical Director Philip Feeney.’
    • ‘Live music, powerful choreography and a simple performance style allow a modern audience to experience Shakespeare's great love story as an Elizabethan audience might have done.’
    • ‘Part of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens' program is the series Les Grands Européens, which features choreographies by Duato, transplanted American William Forsythe and Czech artist Jiri Kylian.’
    • ‘A simple piece with meaningful choreography that your dancers can perform well is better than a flashy number that's beyond their abilities.’
    1. 1.1 The art or practice of designing choreographic sequences.
      ‘as well as dancing she did a great deal of choreography’
      • ‘Dancing and choreography for me are two faces of the same coin.’
      • ‘Different combinations of music, choreography, design and lighting are determined by the roll of a dice.’
      • ‘Practically her whole life revolved around dancing and choreography.’
      • ‘The technical awards are for the best cinematography, editing, choreography, stunts, art, costumes, screenplay, story and dialogue writing.’
      • ‘Even on a superficial level, film-making will often involve story telling, music, and choreography of some sort and the creation of visual and audio images.’
      • ‘Chinese acrobatic performances enjoy a high reputation world-wide for their skill and difficulty but they have lagged behind in artistic effects and in choreography in recent years.’
      • ‘‘Librettists of that period would know very little about music, choreography or costume design,’ she added.’
      • ‘In fact, she says, it was music that put her on the path to choreography.’
      • ‘The new structure was more ‘artistically focused’ and included a new head of choreography and head of performance.’
      • ‘Russian ballet is known for its elaborate choreography and stages.’
      • ‘Music, and choreography, are essential components to these ‘judged’ sports, where it's not what you do but the way that you do it that matters.’
      • ‘And just the years of dancing and choreography really put her in near constant pain.’
      • ‘In 1994, he won a Golden Leo Award for choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress.’
      • ‘She's developed a new approach to movement and choreography that's changed the way we look at dance.’
      • ‘In the ceremony earlier this month, awards were announced in craft categories including outstanding choreography, editing and makeup.’
      • ‘The way he dealt with the music fascinated me and fostered my interest in choreography.’
      • ‘It is simply the acceptance of choreography as an art form in its own right.’
      • ‘Theatrical dance should ideally be a combined operation of choreography, music and design.’
      • ‘He helped redefine the musical, and opened borders between high art and popular choreography.’
      • ‘The entire school takes part in the performance including stage design and production, costume making, script writing, choreography, promotion and fund raising.’
    2. 1.2 The written notation for such a sequence.
      • ‘Most of the original choreography has been lost, but the charming tale endures.’


Late 18th century (in the sense ‘written notation of dancing’): from Greek khoreia ‘dancing in unison’ (from khoros ‘chorus’) + -graphy.