An online platform for dancers, choreographers and teachers to purchase choreography has launched, aiming to enable work to be shared globally.
Described as the first resource of its kind, Choreography Online allows individuals to buy the performance licence for choreographic material through a searchable video-based site.
The platform was created in Canada, and is now accessible worldwide.
Uploaded choreography can be searched by genre, number of performers or difficulty, and a time-limited licence can then be bought to perform the dance, providing the original choreographer is credited.
A video of each work is supplied alongside additional materials including a video detailing of how to teach the choreography and access to the music used in the original.
Choreographers can upload their own creations to the site free of charge and a commission is paid once a sale is made.
Created by Canadian dancer and choreographer Rick Tija, the platform is intended to support choreographers by building their profiles and providing additional income, and to help dancers by opening up otherwise inaccessible pieces.
It can also be used by dance teachers to find new material, its creators said.
A statement from Choreography Online said everything offered will be evaluated and vetted before being added to the site.