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Keep It Moving

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I love Twyla Tharp and as a dancer I was always excited to learn and perform her choreography.  I was less excited about this latest book.  As the title implies, Twyla wants you to move your body.  But really this is more about her life history and how movement helped her in some way.  And if you do what she did, you too  may well be as nimble as she is.
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I wasn't drawn to this book because of the author, Twyla Tharp, I've never heard of her before. Since turning 60, I've been looking for ways to maintain my current health, maybe even improve it a bit. I felt someone who was still working in dance of all things, in her seventies no less,  might very well have some good advice for me. Not only does she offer that, but she takes the time to share personal information and offer some interesting tidbits about others who were still relatively active later in life. The icing on the cake are the exercise suggestions scattered throughout. 

For those of us getting on in years, but desiring to be able to live life to the fullest, this is a book worth delving into. I highly recommend it.
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I thought this book was fun. Definitely not what I was expecting, but I should have read the synopsis instead of just requesting the book based on the author. I don't think I'm the target demographic for this book but it was still fun nonetheless!
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What an inspiring read! Loved it! Would highly recommend and will be buying several copies for friends for holiday gifts. 

Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for providing a copy of this book. It was an honor to read. As a woman in her 50's I need all the inspiration I can get to keep moving and who better than Twyla Tharp to provide that inspiration. I love that she is bringing this subject into the open because most of what I see out there for seniors is how to deal with a medical disease. Ms. Tharp, in this book, is teaching us how to use our physical abilities, even if limited, to improve our mental motivation so we can continue to accomplish our goals even as we age. I found her outlook on aging to be refreshing and the exercises she suggests to be approachable and easily adaptable to any fitness level. Thank you Ms. Tharp for reminding us that we don't have to become obsolete just because we get older.
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I have followed this legendary woman's career since I was a young girl. For years, I wanted to be a ballet dancer but discovered it when I was too old. However, the sheer joy and emotions that I felt watching it spoke to me. Discovering this book had me excited for a plethora of reasons. The first being that it was Twyla. The second because I could see into her mind of what makes her great.

I was unprepared for her to break it down with exercises and anecdotes of the reasons why these exercises were important. While some of them seemed pretty basic there were others that truly hit home. I think this resonated with me because I just turned 50 a month ago and my body is no longer as young as my mind wants it to be. It gave me something to think about.

I enjoyed the stories of many of my favorite people, especially Misha as he is my favorite dancer of all time. I can see that my reasons for adoring this amazing woman were worth it because she truly is a legend for a good reason. I recommend this to anyone that is getting older. It gives a new perception and reminds us that we are only limited by what we allow.
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This is a wonderful read by celebrated choreographer Twyla Tharp at 77. Part memoir but mostly thoughtful life advice, Tharp offers lots of wisdom that pertains to physical challenges but also to life in general. Chapters include topics like "make change your habit," "hope less, plan more," "bounce back" and "stronger for the mending."

Tharp is a lady who has made a life of dancing, teaching, recovering and reinventing. Her stories are well told and full of insight (and fascinating famous people she has known and loved). This book will not just help those of us facing older age, injuries or unexpected complications in life, but for anyone looking for plain old good advice for crafting a great life at any age.
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This is a book that will help you age with grace and stay active and vibrant along the way. Filled with personal antidotes and exercises it is a great book for anyone who wants to "Keep it Moving" as they age. 

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
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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.
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Great book with great advice! I recommend this book very highly and anything written by this legend in the world of dance.
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A marvelous book of sound advice, beautifully written. I've long admired Twyla Tharp as a choreographer, but now I also admire her as a person as well. She gives straight talk about getting older and how to deal with it, using pithy examples from her own life and career. She also knows a lot of well known writers and athletes and shares what she's learned from them. 

Highly recommended for those of us who need to readjust ourselves as we age. A "must read" for dancers of any age.
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Legendary choreographer and dancer Twyla Tharp is also one of our Wise Women. In this combination memoir and self-help book, she offers up anedotes from her own life in conjunction with ideas and exercises for all persons, regardless of activity level. To remain youthful, truthful, and vibrant throughout our entire lives. She muses on longevity, stamina, routine, and most of all The Pledge one takes to be true to one's own individual calling.

Each chapter focuses on a concious intention, and introduces exercises to enhance that. Not necessarily intended for trained dancers, but also easily accessible to the layperson who wants to remain vital and active into their later years.
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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.

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