Tharp is one of the most recognized names in the dance world, familiar to Broadway audiences and filmgoers alike. She has been a significant and insistent choreographic force since the 1960s. Choreographing for ballet companies, film, Broadway, as well as her own modern dance company, Tharp’s works are known for known for their musicality, their formalism, their wit, and above all, the demands of simultaneous technical precision and wild abandon on the dancers. Tharp has been instrumental in modern dance’s affection for combining different kinds of movement. Born in 1941, as a child she studied a range of techniques – ballet, tap, jazz, flamenco. Tharp started her career as a dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, making her first professional appearance with them at the Pillow in 1964. Aside from her own company, her works have been performed at the Pillow by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Mikhail Baryshnikov.