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choreographer n : someone who creates new dances

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  1. a person who choreographs

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.


See also


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

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

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