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Twyla Tharp

Choreographer & Creativity Cultivator

Choreographer & Creativity Cultivator

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New York, NY, USA
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Twyla Tharp Biography

Twyla Tharp is much more than just another “award-winning choreographer,” she’s an entrepreneur, manager, and accomplished businesswoman.

Tharp's entrepreneurial drive led her to found Twyla Tharp Dance company in 1965. From its humble beginnings, to its Tony Award-winning performance in “Movin’ Out," Tharp has grown the business by motivating, managing, and maintaining it the only way she knows how: with creativity and discipline.

“Magical moments of inspiration have little to do with creativity. It’s mainly a matter of discipline—lots and lots and lots of discipline.” Tharp says.

Comparing her choreography work to management, “When you’re telling a dancer what to do, you’re managing that person’s behavior by communicating. In that light my managerial role boils down to four tasks:” Identifying talent, seeking the spectacular, making them stretch, and being a parent. Her latest book, The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use It for Life explains how anyone can harness the same creative power that Tharp utilizes.

Tharp learned to identify talent in unlikely places by finding talented dancers with little experience, or “rediscovering” older dancers. She seeks out the spectacular when hiring, making her dancers stretch to do a little more than they believe is possible - a concept she sees as no different than “ a CEO like Jack Welch asking employees to ‘stretch the numbers.’”

One would expect no less from a woman who has no problem being a workaholic. She began working at age 8, bagging popcorn and serving at the snack counter at her parents’ drive-in theater. She has gone on to choreograph more than 160 dances, win a mantel-load of awards, write an autobiography, and raise a son, all while still developing her dance company. “To me, life is work—end of story.”

Tharp’s presentations instill a work ethic and inspire creativity into all who see them: peers, family members, or even employees. Don’t let the gym clothes and dance shoes fool you, she’s here on business.

Twyla Tharp Speaking Topics

  • The Better You

  • WELLNESS

  • COLLABORATION

  • THE CREATIVE HABIT

  • Choreographer

Twyla Tharp Videos

  • Twyla Tharp interview (2000)
    Choreographer Twyla Tharp on revitalizing the Twyla Dance Company.
  • 'Yowzie': Twyla Tharp Keeps Pushing Boundaries of Dance - YouTube
  • Twyla Tharp: Baker's Dozen - YouTube

Twyla Tharp Books

  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
    The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

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Twyla Tharp is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Better You, WELLNESS, COLLABORATION, THE CREATIVE HABIT and Choreographer. The estimated speaking fee range to book Twyla Tharp for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Twyla Tharp generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Benjamin Zander, Kathy Ireland, Amanda Gore, Rita Moreno and Daymond John. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Twyla Tharp for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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