Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life

Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life

by Twyla Tharp


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One of the world’s leading artists—a living legend—and bestselling author of The Creative Habit shares her secrets for harnessing vitality and finding purpose as you age. From insight to action, Keep It Moving is a guidebook for expanding one’s possibilities over the course of a lifetime. 

At seventy-seven, Twyla Tharp is revered not only for the dances she makes—but for her astounding regime of exercise and non-stop engagement. She is famed for religiously hitting the gym each morning at daybreak, and utilizing that energy to propel her breakneck schedule as a teacher, writer, creator, and lecturer. This book grew out of the question she was asked most frequently: “How do you keep working?”

In Twyla’s own words: “This book is a collection of what I’ve learned in the past fifty-five years: from the moment I committed to a life in dance up until identifies a ‘disease’ and offers a cure. That disease, simply put, is our fear of time’s passing and the resulting aging process. The remedy? This book in your hands.”

Keep It Moving is a series of no-nonsense mediations on how to live with purpose as time passes. From the details of how she stays motivated to the stages of her evolving fitness routine, Tharp models how fulfillment depends not on fortune—but on attitude, possible for anyone willing to try and keep trying. Culling anecdotes from Twyla’s life and the lives of other luminaries, each chapter is accompanied by a small exercise that will help anyone develop a more hopeful and energetic approach to the everyday.

Twyla will tell you what the beauty-fitness-wellness industry won’t: chasing youth is a losing proposition. Instead, Keep It Moving focuses you on what’s here and where you’re going—the book for anyone who wishes to maintain their prime for life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982101305
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 22,153
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Twyla Tharp, one of America’s greatest choreographers began her career in 1965, and has created more than 130 dances for her company as well as for the Joffrey Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, London’s Royal Ballet, Denmark’s Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. She has won two Emmy awards for television’s Baryshnikov by Tharp, and a Tony Award for the Broadway musical Movin’ Out. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1993 and was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997. She holds nineteen honorary degrees, most recently from Harvard University. She lives and works in New York City.

Table of Contents

1 Terms and Conditions 1

2 The Life We Choose 13

3 Your Body Is Your Job 27

4 Make Change Your Habit 39

5 Kick into High Gear 57

6 Hope Less, Plan More 73

7 The Long Haul 89

8 Bounce Back 103

9 The Swap 121

10 Build a Second Act 137

11 Stronger for the Mending 153

12 Shut Up and Dance 167

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Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CharJones2525 4 months ago
In one of my fave movies, The Bird Cage, Robin Williams imitates great dancers including the irrepressible Twyla Tharp. As he captured her spirit perfectly, Twyla’s newest book captures perfectly her prescription for living well no matter one’s age. Now 78, the Queen of Choreography shares secrets for living purposefully and energetically as the years pass through lessons learned from her own life, stories from other engaged creatives, and powerful exercises for following their graceful leads. The essence of KEEP IT MOVING is embodied in her Contract with the Future: 1. Acknowledge you have choices. Make them. 2. Your body will be a big part of this deal, and you will be ready and able to implement. Use it. 3. You will be okay to reidentify yourself often along the way. 4. Obstacles—you will meet many—go around, over, under, or through. Again often. 5. Bounce back—yes, many, many times. 6. Up is preferred to down. 7. Stamina is your bailiwick. Train. Train more. 8. Bend in the wind. 9. Get stronger for the mending. 10. Dance is being in motion. You are doing it. Do it more. This pithy guide from a force of nature who still gets up at dawn to exercise daily is highly recommended for any reader seeking a more vital life. 5/5 Pub Date 29 Oct 2019. Thanks to Twyla Tharp, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #KeepItMoving #NetGalley
rcahill 26 days ago
Famed dancer and artist Twyla Tharp has created a guide for all those who are aging and fear the changes to come. She has entitled her work, Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life and she approached her book with the vigor and vitality with which she approaches everything. At age 73, Tharp recognizes the need to address the ever-increasing fear of age and replace it with the idea of avoiding stagnation. Tharp explains that you don’t need to chase youth, but rather commit to movement, action, and the willingness to embrace change. The main audience is those past middle-age (a woefully underrepresented voice in publishing), but the premise can be applied at any age. You are responsible for yourself and your future, and it is imperative to imagine yourself different than you are now and maintain resiliency as you age.