45 Facts About Twyla Tharp

1. Twyla Tharp received two Emmy Awards, 19 honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President's Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts.

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2. Twyla Tharp has choreographed dances for many important ballet companies around the world.

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3. In 1973, Twyla Tharp choreographed the ballet Deuce Coupe to the music of The Beach Boys.

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4. Twyla Tharp is an American dancer and choreographer.

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5. Twyla Tharp has choreographed for stage and film musicals, and conceived, directed, and choreographed the two-act Broadway ballet Movin' Out, set to songs by Billy Joel.

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6. Twyla Tharp is the recipient of many awards, including a creative citation in dance from Brandeis University, the MacArthur "Genius" Award (1992), and five honorary (earned without completing the usual requirements) doctorates.

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7. In 2001 Twyla Tharp made the Lafayette Presbyterian Church in New York City the permanent home for her company.

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8. In 2000 Twyla Tharp choreographed a new work for the New York City Ballet based on Beethoven's seventh and eighth symphonies.

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9. Twyla Tharp continued to tour nationally and internationally with her assistant, Shelley Washington Whitman, often working without a company of her own or a permanent support base.

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10. Twyla Tharp directed two full-evening productions on Broadway: The Catherine Wheel and the stage adaptation of the film Singing in the Rain (1985).

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11. Twyla Tharp made her first television program for the Public Broadcasting Service series Dance in America (1976).

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12. Twyla Tharp used the Joffrey dancers and her own company in a work entitled Deuce Coupe, set to music by the Beach Boys.

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13. In 1973 Twyla Tharp created a work for the Joffrey Ballet, her first for a company other than her own and her first work for dancers on pointe.

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14. Twyla Tharp performed as a member of her company until the mid-1980s.

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15. Twyla Tharp graduated from Barnard College in 1963 with a degree in art history.

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16. Twyla Tharp entered Pomona College as a freshman, moving to Los Angeles, California, that summer to continue her dance training with Wilson Morelli and John Butler.

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17. Twyla Tharp began her dance lessons at the Vera Lynn School of Dance in San Bernardino, California.

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18. Twyla Tharp was born in Portland, Indiana, on July 1, 1941, the daughter of Lecile and William Tharp.

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19. In 1994, Twyla Tharp continued to tour nationally and internationally in the mid-90s with her indispensable assistant, Shelley Washington Whitman, often working without a company of her own or a permanent support base.

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20. Twyla Tharp directed two full-evening productions on Broadway: "The Catherine Wheel" and the stage adaptation of the film "Singing in the Rain" (1985).

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21. Twyla Tharp used the Joffrey dancers and her own company in a work entitled "Deuce Coupe, " set to music by the Beach Boys.

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22. Twyla Tharp graduated from Barnard in 1963 with a degree in art history.

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23. Twyla Tharp entered Pomona College as a freshman, moving to Los Angeles that summer to continue her dance training with Wilson Morelli and John Butler.

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24. Twyla Tharp began her dance lessons at the Vera Lynn School of Dance in San Bernardino, then studied with the Mraz sisters.

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25. Twyla Tharp was the eldest of her siblings: twin brothers and a sister, Twanette.

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26. Twyla Tharp was born in Portland, Indiana, July 1, 1941, the daughter of Lecile and William Tharp.

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27. In 1993, Twyla Tharp was inducted into Academy of Achievement and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and anhonorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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28. Twyla Tharp moved from the Paul Taylor Dance Company to form the Twyla Tharp Dance in 1965 at age 23.

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29. Twyla Tharp was born to Lucille and William Tharp in 1941 in Portland, Indiana.

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30. Twyla Tharp is an award-winning American choreographer and dancer born on July 1, 1941.

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31. Twyla Tharp formed her own dance company Twyla Tharp Dance in 1966.

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32. Twyla Tharp left the American Ballet Theatre in 1989, transferring her productions to the Boston Ballet and the Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago.

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33. Twyla Tharp was born on July 1, 1941, in Portland, Indiana.

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34. In 1984, her TV special Baryshnikov by Twyla Tharp earned her two Emmys.

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35. Twyla Tharp was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 1993.

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36. Twyla Tharp indicated that The Creative Habit is about cybernetics, especially in the several Greek-themed creative exercises, such as the Coin Drop; the Coin Drop, as an exercise in extracting ordered meaning from chaos, is derived from the astrological muse, Urania, in that random coins falling onto a flat surface can be used to develop pattern analysis skills.

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37. Twyla Tharp co-directed the award-winning television special "Baryshnikov by Tharp" in 1984.

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38. In 2009, Twyla Tharp worked with the songs of Frank Sinatra to mount Come Fly with Me, which ran at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta and was the best selling four-week run as of the date of closing in 2009.

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39. Twyla Tharp opened a new show titled The Times They Are a-Changin', to the music of Bob Dylan in 2005 at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

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40. Twyla Tharp premiered her dance musical Movin' Out, set to the music and lyrics of Billy Joel in Chicago in 2001.

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41. In 2012, Twyla Tharp created the full-length ballet The Princess and the Goblin.

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42. Twyla Tharp created the dance roadshow Cutting Up with Mikhail Baryshnikov, which went on to tour and appeared in 28 cities over two months.

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43. In 1965, Twyla Tharp choreographed her first dance Tank Dive and formed her own company, Twyla Tharp Dance.

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44. Twyla Tharp was born in 1941 on a farm in Portland, Indiana, the daughter of Lucille and William Tharp.

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45. Twyla Tharp is an American dancer, choreographer, and author who lives and works in New York City.

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