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Twyla Tharp Quote: “Creativity is an act of defiance.”

Creativity is an act of defiance.

— Twyla Tharp



Twyla Tharp Quote: “Perfect practice makes perfect.”

Perfect practice makes perfect.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Over time, as the daily routines become second nature, discipline morphs into habit.”

Over time, as the daily routines become second nature, discipline morphs into habit.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you’re generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It’s like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune.”

Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you’re generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It’s like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.”

Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable.”

Our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is a result of good work habits.”

Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is a result of good work habits.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “To embrace luck, you have to enhance your tolerance for ambiguity.”

To embrace luck, you have to enhance your tolerance for ambiguity.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Whom the gods wish to destroy, they give unlimited resources.”

Whom the gods wish to destroy, they give unlimited resources.

— Twyla Tharp



Twyla Tharp Quote: “You may wonder which came first: the skill or the hard work. But that’s a moot point. The Zen master cleans his own studio. So should you.”

You may wonder which came first: the skill or the hard work. But that’s a moot point. The Zen master cleans his own studio. So should you.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “You double your intensity with skill.”

You double your intensity with skill.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “The blank space can be humbling. But I’ve faced it my whole professional life. It’s my job. It’s also my calling. Bottom line: Filling this empty space constitutes my identity.”

The blank space can be humbling. But I’ve faced it my whole professional life. It’s my job. It’s also my calling. Bottom line: Filling this empty space constitutes my identity.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “I began to discriminate between fear and excitement. The two, though very close, are completely different. Fear is negative excitement, choking your imagination. Real excitement produces an energy that overcomes apprehension and makes you want to close in on your goal.”

I began to discriminate between fear and excitement. The two, though very close, are completely different. Fear is negative excitement, choking your imagination. Real excitement produces an energy that overcomes apprehension and makes you want to close in on your goal.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “I don’t think that scheduling is uncreative. I think that structure is required for creativity.”

I don’t think that scheduling is uncreative. I think that structure is required for creativity.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Ultimately there is no such thing as failure. There are lessons learned in different ways.”

Ultimately there is no such thing as failure. There are lessons learned in different ways.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “When you’re in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it.”

When you’re in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Concentrate: you can’t have it all.”

Concentrate: you can’t have it all.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “When creativity has become your habit; when you’ve learned to manage time, resources, expectations, and the demands of others; when you understand the value and place of validation, continuity, and purity of purpose, then you’re on the way to an artist’s ultimate goal; the achievement of mastery.”

When creativity has become your habit; when you’ve learned to manage time, resources, expectations, and the demands of others; when you understand the value and place of validation, continuity, and purity of purpose, then you’re on the way to an artist’s ultimate goal; the achievement of mastery.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art.”

Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art.

— Twyla Tharp



Twyla Tharp Quote: “The more you know, the better you can imagine.”

The more you know, the better you can imagine.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “There are as many forms of memory as there are ways of perceiving, and every one of them is worth mining for inspiration.”

There are as many forms of memory as there are ways of perceiving, and every one of them is worth mining for inspiration.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “When it all comes together, a creative life has the nourishing power we normally associate with food, love and faith.”

When it all comes together, a creative life has the nourishing power we normally associate with food, love and faith.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “I had always seen myself as a star; I wanted to be a galaxy.”

I had always seen myself as a star; I wanted to be a galaxy.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge.”

If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Dancing is like bank robbery, it takes split-second timing.”

Dancing is like bank robbery, it takes split-second timing.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “No one is born with skill. It is developed through exercise, through repetition, through a blend of learning and reflection that’s both painstaking and rewarding. And it takes time.”

No one is born with skill. It is developed through exercise, through repetition, through a blend of learning and reflection that’s both painstaking and rewarding. And it takes time.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Without the little ideas, there are no big ideas.”

Without the little ideas, there are no big ideas.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “You only need one good reason to commit to an idea, not four hundred. But if you have four hundred reasons to say yes and one reason to say no, the answer is probably no.”

You only need one good reason to commit to an idea, not four hundred. But if you have four hundred reasons to say yes and one reason to say no, the answer is probably no.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark: random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight.”

The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark: random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “You don’t get into the mood to create – it’s discipline.”

You don’t get into the mood to create – it’s discipline.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts.”

The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.”

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “I don’t think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that’s where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies.”

I don’t think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that’s where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Alone is a fact, a condition where no one else is around. Lonely is how you feel about that.”

Alone is a fact, a condition where no one else is around. Lonely is how you feel about that.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Failing, and learning from it, is necessary. Unil you’ve done it, you’re missing an important piece of your creative arsenal.”

Failing, and learning from it, is necessary. Unil you’ve done it, you’re missing an important piece of your creative arsenal.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “If you’re speaking of love, you really must include the element of uncertainty – and perhaps it’s best approached as the art of constant maintenance.”

If you’re speaking of love, you really must include the element of uncertainty – and perhaps it’s best approached as the art of constant maintenance.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “In the future, I will make certain that I commit to projects so there’s enough breathing space for me to have an emotional life.”

In the future, I will make certain that I commit to projects so there’s enough breathing space for me to have an emotional life.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Just when you arrive at the apex of your skills, it’s time to retire. But as it turned out, I decided that since it was the thing that I felt I did best, I owed it to all that be to pursue it.”

Just when you arrive at the apex of your skills, it’s time to retire. But as it turned out, I decided that since it was the thing that I felt I did best, I owed it to all that be to pursue it.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “My mother was the first woman in the county in Indiana where we were born, in Jay County, to have a college degree. She was educated as a pianist and she wanted to concertize, but when the war came she was married, had a family, so she started teaching.”

My mother was the first woman in the county in Indiana where we were born, in Jay County, to have a college degree. She was educated as a pianist and she wanted to concertize, but when the war came she was married, had a family, so she started teaching.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “You have to believe there’s something at the other side. And you have to have faith in yourself. You have to think that you have the tools to accomplish it.”

You have to believe there’s something at the other side. And you have to have faith in yourself. You have to think that you have the tools to accomplish it.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Everyone has a talent. It’s simply a question of good discipline, of the good fortune to have an education that meshes with that talent, and a lot of luck.”

Everyone has a talent. It’s simply a question of good discipline, of the good fortune to have an education that meshes with that talent, and a lot of luck.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Skill is how you close the gap between what you can see in your mind’s eye and what you can produce; the more skill you have, the more sophisticated and accomplished your ideas can be. With absolute skill comes absolute confidence.”

Skill is how you close the gap between what you can see in your mind’s eye and what you can produce; the more skill you have, the more sophisticated and accomplished your ideas can be. With absolute skill comes absolute confidence.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “The content and thematic materials of dance is, of itself, like boxing. You play tennis and baseball. But boxing is not a sport you play: you stand up and do it.”

The content and thematic materials of dance is, of itself, like boxing. You play tennis and baseball. But boxing is not a sport you play: you stand up and do it.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “You’re only kidding yourself if you put creativity before craft.”

You’re only kidding yourself if you put creativity before craft.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “The ballet needs to tell its own story in such a way it can be received without having to be translated into language.”

The ballet needs to tell its own story in such a way it can be received without having to be translated into language.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.”

Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “I walk into a large white room. It’s a dance studio in midtown Manhattan. The room is clean, virtually spotless if you don’t count the thousands of skid marks and footprints left there by dancers rehearsing. Other than the mirrors, the boom box, the skid marks, and me, the room is empty.”

I walk into a large white room. It’s a dance studio in midtown Manhattan. The room is clean, virtually spotless if you don’t count the thousands of skid marks and footprints left there by dancers rehearsing. Other than the mirrors, the boom box, the skid marks, and me, the room is empty.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “Solitude is an unavoidable part of creativity. Self-reliance is a happy by-product.”

Solitude is an unavoidable part of creativity. Self-reliance is a happy by-product.

— Twyla Tharp


Twyla Tharp Quote: “I work because I have issues and questions and feelings and thoughts that I want to have a look at. I’m not in need of, or wanting, particularly, to know what other folk are up to.”

I work because I have issues and questions and feelings and thoughts that I want to have a look at. I’m not in need of, or wanting, particularly, to know what other folk are up to.

— Twyla Tharp

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