Twyla Tharp


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Twyla Tharp (born July 1, 1941) is an American dancer and choreographer, who lives and works in New York City.

Tharp was born in 1941 on a farm in Portland, Indiana, and was named after Twila Thornburg, the "Pig Princess" of the 89th Annual Muncie Fair in Indiana.

When Tharp was a young child she spent a few months each year living with her Quaker grandparents on ... more »

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  • The disaster ... is not the money, although the money will be missed. The disaster is the disrespect—this belief that the arts are dispensable, that they're not critical to a culture's existence....
    Twyla Tharp (b. 1941), U.S. dancer and choreographer. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 64 (January 23, 1995). On proposals to abolish the Nation...
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