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1 a show involving artistic dancing [syn: stage dancing]
2 the representation of dancing by symbols as music is represented by notes
3 a notation used by choreographers

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From chorégraphie, from khoreia "dance" and graphein "to write".


  1. The art of creating, arranging and recording the dance movements of a ballet etc.
  2. The representation of these movements by a series of symbols.
  3. The notation used to construct this record.


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Extensive Definition

Choreography (literally "dance-writing" from the Greek words "χορεία" (circular dance, see chorea) and "γραφή" (writing), also known as "dance composition"), is the art of making structures in which movement occurs. The term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. The resulting movement structure may also be referred to as the choreography. People who create choreographies are called choreographers.


The term choreography first appeared in the American English dictionary in the 1950s. Prior to this, movie credits normally stated "Ensembles Staged by", "Dances", "Dance Director", "Dances Staged by", "Musical Numbers Directed by", or "Musical Numbers Staged and Directed by". Choreographers often improvise to find what works best musically.


Although used mainly for dance, choreography is also used in:
And many other activities involving human movement.

Language and notation

Choreographic techniques

One choreographic technique is improvisation.


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Further reading

  • Blom, L, A. and Tarin Chaplin, L. (1989) The Intimate Act of Choreography. Dance Books. ISBN 0-8229-5342-0
  • Ellfeldt, L. (1998) A Primer for Choreographers . Waveland Press. ISBN 0-88133-350-6
  • Minton, S, C. (1997) Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation. Human Kinetics . ISBN 0-88011-529-7
  • Tufnell, M. and Vaughan, D. (1999) Body Space Image : Notes Toward Improvisation and Performance. Princeton Book Co. ISBN 1-85273-041-2
  • Smith-Autard, J, M. (2000) Dance Composition. Routledge. ISBN 0-87830-118-6

External links

choreography in Bulgarian: Хореография
choreography in Danish: Koreografi
choreography in German: Choreografie
choreography in Spanish: Coreografía
choreography in Persian: رقص‌پردازی
choreography in French: Chorégraphie
choreography in Italian: Coreografia
choreography in Hebrew: כוריאוגרפיה
choreography in Georgian: ქორეოგრაფია
choreography in Luxembourgish: Choreographie
choreography in Dutch: Choreografie
choreography in Japanese: 振付師
choreography in Norwegian: Koreografi
choreography in Polish: Choreografia
choreography in Portuguese: Coreografia
choreography in Romanian: Coregrafie
choreography in Russian: Хореография
choreography in Simple English: Choreography
choreography in Slovak: Choreografia (kompozícia pohybu)
choreography in Finnish: Koreografia
choreography in Swedish: Koreografi
choreography in Turkish: Koreografi
choreography in Yiddish: כארעגראפיע

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