chorea (s) (noun)
, choreas; choreae; choreæ (pl)
1. A circular dance in Ancient Greece that was accompanied by a chorus: Sandra read about choreas in her book and wanted to have her school choir and dance clubs get together to act out such a chorea.
2. In pathology, one of different diseases of the nervous system: Typically, chorea is described as having involuntary muscular movements of the face and limbs.
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Descriptive of the disease whereby muscle movements are sporadic: Judy showed involuntary facial movements and so her parents took her to a specialist who diagnosed her as having a choreal disorder..
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Pertaining to the symptoms of involuntary facial and limb muscle movements: Mary's parents were alarmed when she couldn't control her arm movements and the doctor informed them that Mary showed evidence of a choreic disorder that should be treated immediately.
In medicine, appearing to be like involuntary muscle movements of the face and limbs: Jim was relieved to know that the sporadic movements of his left hand and arm were not of a choreiform nature.
choreograph (s) (noun)
, choreographs (pl)
1. A plan of dance movements to go with a piece of music: The choreograph was first prepared and then the dancers tried it out in the following rehearsal.
2. A preparation to coordinate and to supervise an event or an activity: Mr. Jones made the choreograph for the town's next pumpkins festival.
3. The direction of and development of a musical project; an orchestration: A choreograph was needed for Act 3 of the musical before it could be performed the following month.
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A reference to the skillfulness in the combined movements of dances which have been planned or performed: Paul was experienced in presenting the choreographed movements of the special dancing performances that would be presented on Saturday at his local theater.
choreographer (s) (noun)
, choreographers (pl)
A person whose job is to plan the dance movements for a performance: Mr. Smith enjoyed his work as a choreographer for creating the design of the dancers' movements for the ballet production and, in addition, he had to tell the dancers how to perform them.
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1. A reference to the composition and arrangement of dances, especially for ballet: Choreographic dancing is the art of designing sequences of movements in which motion, form, or both are specified.
2. Characterized by the art of composing ballets and other dances and planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers: Choreographic motions may also refer to the design itself and is used in a variety of fields other than dancing, including cheer leading, cinematography, gymnastics, fashion shows, ice skating, marching band, show choirs, dramas, synchronized swimming and video game productions.
choreographist (s) (noun)
, choreographists (pl)
Someone who plans and produces dancing presentations or entertainments for audiences: Adam and Evelyn were going to watch a TV program about dancing competitions that would be shown by several choreographists.
choreography (s) (noun)
, choreographies (pl)
1. The work or skill of planning dance movements to accompany music: The art of designing the choreography
for a ballet must be made in combination with the instrumental composition.
Shirley has staged many successful ballets, so her skills when performing choreography has proven to be superb.
2. The steps and movements planned for a dance routine or a written record of them: The notation employed for choreography
uses symbols just like music is represented by notes.
3. The carefully planned or executed organization of an event or the maneuvering of people or things: The choreography
of the surprise birthday party for Mildred had to be well planned because there were so many different activities involved.
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choreology (s) (noun) (no pl)
The analysis and study of the aesthetics involved with dancers' or other human movements by the method of notation: In class, Susan learned a lot about choreology that she would need later on in her career of composing musicals.
choreomania, choromania (s) (noun)
; choreomanias; choromanias (pl)
A craze for dancing: Choreomanias
were disorders that were prevalent in the Middle Ages in which weird patterns of involuntary movement occurred, such as hyserical chorea that superficially resembled chorea.
Choreomanias were also called dancing chorea, epidemic chorea, jumping chorea, jumping disease, dancing mania, choromania dancing disease, tarantism, jumping sickness, and tarentism.
choreophobia, chorophobia (s) (noun)
; choreophobias; chorophobias (pl;
An abnormal aversion of dancing: Choreophobia may be caused by being touched or held closely by one's partner, especially by someone of the opposite sex, and which may be related to sexual problems.
choreophrasia (s) (noun)
, choreophrasias (pl)
Obsolete, an imprecise term for a speech disorder in which a person's spoken words are incoherent: When Judy talked she could not be understood, and her doctor diagnosed her as suffering from choreophrasia thatn should be treated by a specialist.
chorus (s) (noun)
, choruses (pl)
1. A musical composition written for a large group of singers: A sizeable and rather large chorus often involves parts for sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses.
2. A group of singers performing together: The chorus and dancers performed together in a show which was exhilarating and fantastic.
3. In ancient Greek plays, a group of actors who spoke the same words that described what was going on and commented about what was being presented: At the Greek theater, the audience watched the chorus perform during the religious festival.