Choreography is the art of designing sequences of movements in which motion, form, or both are specified. Choreography may also refer to the design itself. The word choreography literally means "dance-writing" from the Greek words "χορεία" (circular dance, see choreia) and "γραφή" (writing). A choreographer is one who creates choreographies by practicing the art of choreography.
The word "choreography" first appeared in the American English dictionary in the 1950s1 and "choreographer" was first used as a credit for George Balanchine in the Broadway show On Your Toes in 1936.2 Prior to this, stage and movie credits used phrases such as "ensembles staged by"3 "dances staged by"4 or simply "dances by" to denote the choreographer.2
Dance choreography is also known as dance composition. Choreography is used in a variety of fields other than dance, including cheerleading, cinematography, gymnastics, fashion shows, ice skating, marching band, show choir, theatre, synchronized swimming and video game production.
- Presented by Amanda Wilde (2006-10-26). "Frankie Manning: Lindy Hop Pioneer". Radio Intersection. 12:31 minutes in. KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio. http://kuow.org/defaultProgram.asp?ID=11649.
- Taper, Bernard (1996). George Balanchine: A Biography. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20639-8., p. 180
- Mark Sandrich (Director) (1935). Top Hat (DVD). RKO Radio Pictures. Event occurs at 00:01:15. Retrieved 2007-08-08. "Ensembles Staged by Hermes Pan"
- Edward Cahn (Director) (1942). Our Gang in "Melodies Old and New" (DVD). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Event occurs at 00:00:20. Retrieved 2007-08-07. "Dancer Staged by Steven Granger and Gladys Rubens"