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’
    • ‘Performances by Susan Daniel, Elaine Dunbar and Dawn Sadoway were flawless and the height of craft - as was the music and choreography.’
    • ‘A simple piece with meaningful choreography that your dancers can perform well is better than a flashy number that's beyond their abilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Performing her own modern choreography at The Juilliard School rekindled her drive.’
    • ‘The choreography, music, lighting and most of all the dancing all combined to convey this pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Royal Ballet has won audiences for 70 years now with its own choreographies.’
    • ‘His choreography surrendered to gravity and dealt in angles and broken lines as well as broken phrases.’
    • ‘Her choreography, not designed to be easy, is handled very well by the company and makes a thrilling evening in the theatre.’
    • ‘The dancing and choreography of Camille Stubel and the cast creates an additional dimension of humour and fluidity in the play.’
    • ‘For next year's Hamburg Ballet Days, Jiri will contribute several choreographies of his own.’
    • ‘Lerman's professional company carried the three choreographies requiring strong technique and they interpreted their material well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The portion of the case dealing with rights to Graham's choreography might be heard as early as this fall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The art or practice of designing choreographic sequences.
      ‘as well as dancing she did a great deal of choreography’
      • ‘Different combinations of music, choreography, design and lighting are determined by the roll of a dice.’
      • ‘The technical awards are for the best cinematography, editing, choreography, stunts, art, costumes, screenplay, story and dialogue writing.’
      • ‘And just the years of dancing and choreography really put her in near constant pain.’
      • ‘In the ceremony earlier this month, awards were announced in craft categories including outstanding choreography, editing and makeup.’
      • ‘He helped redefine the musical, and opened borders between high art and popular choreography.’
      • ‘It is simply the acceptance of choreography as an art form in its own right.’
      • ‘In 1994, he won a Golden Leo Award for choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress.’
      • ‘The entire school takes part in the performance including stage design and production, costume making, script writing, choreography, promotion and fund raising.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Russian ballet is known for its elaborate choreography and stages.’
      • ‘The way he dealt with the music fascinated me and fostered my interest in choreography.’
      • ‘Practically her whole life revolved around dancing and choreography.’
      • ‘Theatrical dance should ideally be a combined operation of choreography, music and design.’
      • ‘Dancing and choreography for me are two faces of the same coin.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The new structure was more ‘artistically focused’ and included a new head of choreography and head of performance.’
      • ‘She's developed a new approach to movement and choreography that's changed the way we look at dance.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.