The Capezio Dance Award, which has been awarded annually since 1952, recognizes significant contributions to American dance by an individual, company or institution.
"We are thrilled to be presenting our 62nd award to the enormously talented Twyla Tharp. Her long, illustrious career has made a great impact in the dance field and her body of work has brought so much pleasure to many audiences worldwide," Lisa Giacoio Egan, president of the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, said in a statement.
Tharp performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company before founding her own company, Twyla Tharp Dance. She has choreographed more than 160 works, including 129 dances, 12 television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure-skating routines.
Tharp has also created dances for the Joffrey Ballet, ABT, Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Australian Ballet and the Martha Graham Dance Company,