Thoughts on Twyla Tharp

Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 in Haiku My Heart, Journaling, My Heroes and Sheros | 4 comments

Twyla Tharp is an American dancer and choreographer who blazes trails in the industry of entertainment. She has worked with music greats like Bob Dylan and Billy Joel, and dance greats including my favorites, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. I have been fortunate enough to see some mighty fine dancing while growing up in LA, and the best of it sends me into orbit. It is not something I understand, how to design a dance, but it is an artistry I have profound appreciation for. My first experience with Twyla Tharp was a show called Push Comes to Shove, which was a collaboration with Mikhail Baryshnikov, choreographed to music which juxtaposed variations by on classical music with rags by Scott Joplin. How can that be done?

I drew Twyla Tharp in my journal. What I hope she brings to these pages is an edge, a spirit of celebration, a smartness, and beautiful movement. Twyla days in my journal will be about collaboration, which she practiced a great deal and is something I value.

“Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature – all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won.”
― Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

A Haiku for Twyla

Are the limbs of your fine tree
Search, invite, say yes.



  1. Love the haiku! Twyla’s book is great, too. I have it.

  2. The Creative Habit is one of my all-time favorite books, and I read it again from time to time to remind me how important routine and focus are to the creative process. A dear friend and I have been meeting once a month to try new techniques and materials, and collaborating in this way has been so inspiring. I enoyed your thoughts about Twyla, your drawing, of her, and the haiku!

  3. Thanks for sharing this book Jill. It is the best book I have read on creativity. Lots of validation and also new information.

  4. Hi! Jill,

    Loved Twyla Tharp’s book, you’ve given me the idea to read it again

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