Detail from choreographic
notation for the ballet La
Bayadère, circa 1900.
Choreography — or a series of 'notes' that symbolize dance steps — was originally developed for classical ballet,
has grown to include other modern applications in such pop entertainment venues as ice dancing, cheerleading, and even in flashy dance moves seen in popular rock videos.
Although there is a variety of ways for putting dance moves down on paper (similar to a musical score) the two most common methods employed today include Labanotation and Benesh notation that use abstract symbols based on body movements.
Just up ahead, find out more about Laban, Benesh and more notational methods with information on computerized scoring and copyright, general background on the industry, choreographer job postings and career
More about choreography around the Web:
Writing Site - Sutton DanceWriting is a simple body
movement notation that has been in use since 1974. This site provides
a basic introduction and illustrations of this notation for single
dancers and group movements.
Institute and Benesh Movement Notation - A full history of the notation and the Institute
plus a description of the Benesh Notation Editor, the PC software
for writing and editing multi-stave notation scores are available
at this site.
LiteFoot Project - Would you believe a computer software
program exists that can record a dancer's movement from the impact
of feet on the dance floor? It's called Litefoot and the University
of Limerick is helping to develop it.
Dance Notation Bureau - Examples of Labanotation for ballroom
steps, ballet combination, folk dance and motif description basics.
Pictures and descriptions make it seem almost easy. They also
offer a service to score your dance.
of Choreographic Works -From the 1994-95 Entertainment,
Publishing and the Arts Handbook. No graphics or links, but the
information is good. Gives historical background and plenty of