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Sadly, some people never get beyond the box stage in their creative life. We all know people who have announced that theyve started work on a project
say, a book
but some time passes, and when you politely ask how its going, they tell you that theyre still researching. Weeks, months, years pass and they produce nothing. They have tons of research but its never enough to nudge them toward the actual process of writing the book.
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The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it.

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

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: Dont sign on for more problems than you
Don't sign on for more problems than you must. Resist the temptation to involve yourself in other people's zones of expertise and responsibility. Monitor troublesome situations if you need to, but don't insert yourself unless you're running out of time and a solution is nowhere in sight. In short, stifle your inner control freak.

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But obligation, I eventually saw, is not the same as commitment, and it's certainly not an acceptable reason to stick with something that isn't working

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: I start every dance with a box i write
I start every dance with a box. I write the project name on the box, and as the piece progresses I fill it up with every item that went into the making of the dance.

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

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

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To survive, you've got to keep wheedling your way. You can't just sit there and fight against odds when it's not going to work. You have to turn a corner, dig a hole, go through a tunnel - and find a way to keep moving.

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When I was a kid, the avant-garde to me was boring because it was just the flip side of being really successful.

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When I look at the people who are the guiding figures in modern dance, I think, 'This does not look to me like the way I want to spend my days.'

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I don't hate language. I have my own language, but I also enjoy the English language. Obviously, you don't read a lot of literature and not care about language.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: I think that anyone whos pushed to do
I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury.

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A dancer's life is all about repetition.

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Nothing is more terrifying to me, really, than the status quo. I'll make mistakes before I keep doing something the same way.

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What we want from modern dance is courage and audacity.

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I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand.

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I feel I can handle the architecture of dance as well as anybody.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: I find that dancers are only well
I find that dancers are only well trained in ballet these days.

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If I didn't believe in myself as a dancer, I wouldn't choreograph.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: I always tell students that youve got to
I always tell students that you've got to be practical. You do not need a dream. You need a purpose, something you can wake up to in the morning when the dream is dissipated.

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In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women. as they are still today, A good male dancer, one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come by if you couldn't afford to pay them.

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Schubert had arguably the same melodic gift as Mozart, but even less support. He didn't have the early exposure, never got to travel anywhere, and yet generated and amassed a body of work that grew and developed and is very profound.

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I grew up in a drive-in theater, from the time I was 8, working in a snack bar watching four features every week. It was silent theater in the sense that this was a drive-in, which meant that I often saw the films going with no sound. But I learned to tell stories through action.

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Dance should not just divide people into audience and performers. Everyone should be a participant, whether going to classes or attending special events or rehearsals.

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It's always a problem, getting the curtain in at the end of the first act; having enough of a resolve so that you can bring the curtain in and then opening the show a second time is a little bizarre as a tradition. I've always preferred to go straight through.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: Sadly some people never get beyond the
Sadly, some people never get beyond the box stage in their creative life. We all know people who have announced that they've started work on a project
say, a book
but some time passes, and when you politely ask how it's going, they tell you that they're still researching. Weeks, months, years pass and they produce nothing. They have tons of research but it's never enough to nudge them toward the actual process of writing the book.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: Venturing out of your comfort zone may
Venturing out of your comfort zone may be dangerous, yet do it anyways because our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable.

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Without passion, all the skill in the world won't lift you above craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. Combining the two is the essence of the creative life.

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I also had a will that let me eliminate everything that stood in the way of my becoming the best dancer I could be. By a gradual process ... (I) had invested every bit of my dreams, my hopes, my energies in defining myself as a dancer.

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I had received my first establishment grants in response to applications filed the year before. To the pages of baffling forms I had simply attached a handwritten note saying, 'I make dances, not applications. Send the money. Love, Twyla.

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It's vital to establish some rituals-automatic but decisive patterns of behavior-at the beginning of the creative process, when you are most at peril of turning back, chickening out, giving up, or going the wrong way.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: You have to believe theres something at
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.

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

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In order to be creative, you have to know how to prepare to be creative.

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I have to feel that each thing I've learned I can push to another point next time. I'm not very good with repetition. I would rather not work than feel that repetition is the order of the day.

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Dance is the stepchild of the arts.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: You can keep on chewing gum for ten
You can keep on chewing gum for ten hours, but after about a minute and a half you've got all the good out of it.

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I think of music as fuel, its spectrum of energy governed by tempi, volume, and heart.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: Limits are a secret blessing and bounty
Limits are a secret blessing, and bounty can be a curse.

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That's what improvising is like for me. There's no tollbooth between my impulse and my action.

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Without the little ideas, there are no big ideas.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: I was valedictorian did i enjoy going to
I was valedictorian. Did I enjoy going to school? I hated it. It wasn't a choice on my part, it was expected.

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

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Obligation is a flimsy base for creativity, way down the list behind passion, courage, instinct, and the desire to do something great.

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Confidence is a trait that has to be earned honestly and refreshed constantly; you have to work as hard to protect your skills as you did to develop them ... The one thing that creative souls around the world have in common is that they all have to practice to maintain their skills. Art is a vast democracy of habit.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: My greatest fear in working is always
My greatest fear in working is always the end. Lately I have taken to tricking myself into finishing by leaving a hole in the middle somewhere, then stitching the two pieces together - the Union Pacific approach.

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Twyla Tharp Quotes: Everything that happens in my day is a
Everything that happens in my day is a transaction between the external world and my internal world. Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it. Without the time and effort invested in getting ready to create, you can be hit by a thunderbolt and it'll just leave you stunned.

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I'm often asked, 'Where do you get your ideas?' ... It's like asking, 'Where do you find air to breathe?' Ideas are all around you.

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