Derived from the Greek, its literal translation is ‘the science of dance’. The term is most closely associated with the system of dance notation invented by Rudolf and Joan Benesh, who defined the term in their 1977 book Reading Dance as ‘the scientific and aesthetic study of all forms of human movement made possible by Benesh Movement Notation’. It was first used in the 1920s by Rudolf Laban. Today, those trained in the Benesh system are known as choreologists. Most of the world's major ballet companies have a choreologist on their staff, and most new ballets are now notated by a choreologist.
Subjects: Music — Dance.