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Twyla Tharp

choreographer , dancer

Twyla THARP, American dancer and choreographer. Award 1981; Award 1991.


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


Student, Pomona College. Bachelor in Art History, Barnard College, 1963. Doctor of Performing Arts (honorary), California Institute Arts, 1978.

Doctor of Performing Arts (honorary), Brown University, 1981. Doctor of Performing Arts (honorary), Bard College, 1981. Doctor of Humane Letters, Indiana University, 1987.

Doctor of Fine Arts, Pomona College, 1987. Studied with Richard Thomas, Merce Cunningham, Igor Schwezoff, Louis Mattox, Paul Taylor, Margaet Craske, Erick Hawkins.


Freelance choreographer with own modem dance troupe and various other cos., including Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre since 1965. Artistic Association Choreographer American Ballet Theatre, New York since 1988. Mjq. works choreographed Tank Dive 1965, Re-Moves 1966, Forevermore 1967, Generation 1968, Medley 1969, Fugue 1970, Eight Jelly Rolls 1971, The Raggedy Dances 1972, As Time Goes By 1974, Sue’s Leg 1975, Push Comes to Shove 1976, Once More Frank 1976, Mud 1977, Baker’s Dozen 1979, When We Were Very Young 1980, Amadeus 1984, White Nights 1985, Rules of the Game 1989.

Film Hair 1979; videotape Making Television Dance 1977, CBS Cable Confessions of a Corner Maker 1980. Honorary D. Performing Arts (Brown) 1981 and others. Dance Magazine Annual.



Married Peter Young (divorced). Married Robert Huot (divorced). 1 child Jesse Huot.

Peter Young

Robert Huot

Jesse Huot Tharp