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“Don’t accept the rumor that as the body ages it becomes less. It becomes different. Hopefully more”  – Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp is perhaps the greatest choreographer of this era. She’s also just plain inspiring when it comes to life. Tharp turns 80 years old this year and her intellectual acuity, wit, and physical fitness would put most 40-year-old’s to shame.

A new PBS documentary on dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp, called Twyla Moves, showcases her career. COVID-19 has not slowed Tharp down either. As a choreographer, Tharp doesn’t simply sit and instruct dancers — she teaches by showing, even now, even virtually, across continents and time zones.

Eat Less, Keep Moving

To be in the kind of shape she is and approaching one’s ninth decade on earth is a challenge that would elude most of us. She keeps moving and still sticks to 1,200 calories a day.

Shut up and do what you love!

Tharp’s approach to life was shared already back in 2019 when she published a book, “Keep it Moving.” Twyla told PBS at the time, “I wrote this to help others believe that you can be evolving, that you don’t accept the rumor that, as the body ages, it becomes less…It becomes different, hopefully more.”


Gisèle Wertheim Aymes

Gisèle is the owner of the Longevity brand and a self-proclaimed health hedonist. When she is not working, you'll find in her in a yoga class or active in the great outdoors. Gisèle is passionate about health and sharing information. You can follow her @giselewaymes on Twitter and Instagram or read her Linked-In profile for full bio details.

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