Twyla Tharp is a New York-based dancer and choreographer. Her dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance is known for its creativity, wit and technical precision coupled with a streetwise nonchalance. By combining different forms of movement – such as jazz, ballet, boxing and inventions of her own making – Tharp’s work expands the boundaries of ballet and modern dance. Her publications include Push Comes to Shove (1992), The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life, and The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together.

Her awards include a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President’s Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, the 2008 Jerome Robbins Prize, and a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor. Her many grants include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received a B.A. at Barnard College in 1963.