The process of designing dances is known as choreography. Another definition of choreography is the design of symbolic representations of human dance form and movement which uses various methods such as word and letter notation, numerical systems, path mapping as well as figures and graphical symbols. Choreography in dance includes the use of organic unity, variation, and theme, repetition as well as non-rhythmic and rhythmic articulation that have been composed together. The purpose of choreography is to design dances which can be performed before a specific audience. In choreography, there are various specifications made for human movements and forms done in regard to shape, time, energy, and space within a non-literal or emotional context. The dance techniques from which movement language in choreography is taken are quite a number and may include contemporary dance, ballet, jazz dance, folk dance, hip hop dance, k pop, techno, religious dance as well as a combination of these. There are two techniques used by choreographers in dance choreography such as planned choreography and improvisation.
Movement directors work hand in hand with choreographers where they arrange the movements of actors in the different production settings such as film, television, theater, animation, and opera. Movement directors work closely with the performers and the directors to ensure that there is realization of the physical life of work. Movement directors usually make a proposal on the physical language to be used by directors and performers as well as coming up with skills in teaching and training methods that help in enhancing a given physical style. Another major role of movement directors is to do a thorough search on certain embodied information passed to the directors and performers regarding ethnicity, etiquette, personal journey, characters condition and specialists movement. In most cases although not at all times, choreographers can function also a movement directors.
Choreographers and movement directors need various tips for a dance. The major qualities that a movement director and a choreographer should possess are patience, hard work and creativity in coming up with new, different and modern ideas. Being inspired and having a passion for one’s work is also another very important quality that a movement director or choreographer should possess. A choreographer and a movement director should be highly confident for their work and train the performers to show confidence during performance. Being aware of the event, venue and the audience will be of great importance during dance choreography. One should choose the most suitable style that will suit the talents and skills of the performers to ensure that they have an easy time in perfecting the performance. When a choreographer is creating transitions to link the various sections in a performance, the should be fun.