Use the noun choreography to describe the plan for how dancers will move on a stage during a show, play, or dance. You might particularly love the choreography in the movie "West Side Story."

You can use the word choreography to mean "dance" or "ballet," but its specific meaning is the notation a choreographer makes on paper as she plans out the complex movements and steps made by dancers. Choreography is particularly important in musical theater, ballet, opera, and dance recitals. The Greek roots of choreography are khoreia, "dance," and graphein, "to write."

Primary Meanings of choreography

a show involving artistic dancing
the representation of dancing by symbols as music is represented by notes
Full Definitions of choreography

n a show involving artistic dancing

stage dancing
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ballet, concert dance
a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
modern dance
a style of theatrical dancing that is not as restricted as classical ballet; movements are expressive of feelings
apache dance
a violent fast dance in French vaudeville (an apache is a member of the French underworld)
belly dance, belly dancing, danse du ventre
a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
a Spanish dance in triple time accompanied by guitar and castanets
a strutting dance based on a march; was performed in minstrel shows; originated as a competition among Black dancers to win a cake
a high-kicking dance of French origin performed by a female chorus line
nude dancing
erotic dancing with little or no clothing
classical ballet
a style of ballet based on precise conventional steps performed with graceful and flowing movements
modern ballet
a style of ballet that admits a wider variety of movements
comedy ballet
a ballet that stresses the drama with features of comedy
fan dance
a solo dance in which large fans are manipulated to suggest or reveal nakedness
strip, strip show, striptease
a form of erotic entertainment in which a dancer gradually undresses to music
bubble dance
a solo dance similar to a fan dance except large balloons are used instead of fans
interpretative dance, interpretative dancing, interpretive dance, interpretive dancing
a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
Type of:
dance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore
taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

n the representation of dancing by symbols as music is represented by notes

Type of:
an artistic form of nonverbal communication

n a notation used by choreographers

a system of notation for dance movements that uses symbols to represent points on a dancer's body and the direction of the dancer's movement and the tempo and the dynamics
Type of:
notation, notational system
a technical system of symbols used to represent special things

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