Definition of choreography in US English:



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

    ‘the lively choreography reflects the themes of the original play’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The portion of the case dealing with rights to Graham's choreography might be heard as early as this fall.’
    • ‘A simple piece with meaningful choreography that your dancers can perform well is better than a flashy number that's beyond their abilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lerman's professional company carried the three choreographies requiring strong technique and they interpreted their material well.’
    • ‘The dancing and choreography of Camille Stubel and the cast creates an additional dimension of humour and fluidity in the play.’
    • ‘Her choreography, not designed to be easy, is handled very well by the company and makes a thrilling evening in the theatre.’
    • ‘Performances by Susan Daniel, Elaine Dunbar and Dawn Sadoway were flawless and the height of craft - as was the music and choreography.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The choreography, music, lighting and most of all the dancing all combined to convey this pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His choreography surrendered to gravity and dealt in angles and broken lines as well as broken phrases.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Performing her own modern choreography at The Juilliard School rekindled her drive.’
    • ‘For next year's Hamburg Ballet Days, Jiri will contribute several choreographies of his own.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Practically her whole life revolved around dancing and choreography.’
      • ‘She's developed a new approach to movement and choreography that's changed the way we look at dance.’
      • ‘‘Librettists of that period would know very little about music, choreography or costume design,’ she added.’
      • ‘In the ceremony earlier this month, awards were announced in craft categories including outstanding choreography, editing and makeup.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Different combinations of music, choreography, design and lighting are determined by the roll of a dice.’
      • ‘In 1994, he won a Golden Leo Award for choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He helped redefine the musical, and opened borders between high art and popular choreography.’
      • ‘Theatrical dance should ideally be a combined operation of choreography, music and design.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dancing and choreography for me are two faces of the same coin.’
      • ‘The entire school takes part in the performance including stage design and production, costume making, script writing, choreography, promotion and fund raising.’
      • ‘The new structure was more ‘artistically focused’ and included a new head of choreography and head of performance.’
      • ‘In fact, she says, it was music that put her on the path to choreography.’
    2. 1.2 The written notation for a choreographic 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.