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Twyla Tharp (Photo by George Gorman)

Twyla Tharp

(Dancer and choreographer; born July 1, 1941 in Portland, Indiana) She is an American original. And, for all their hip edginess and carefree lines, her dances at once celebrate and create the best of the American dream. From Deuce Coupe to Push Comes to Shove, from Once More Frank to Hair and The Catherine Wheel, from Nine Sinatra Songs and Movin' Out to Americans We, the breathtaking In the Upper Room and beyond, Twyla Tharp has changed the face of American dance. With disarming brashness, she has been clear about her life's work. "Modern dance is not less," she has said, "modern dance is more.

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