Faculty Bios

Rika Okamoto

Rika Okamoto

Originally from Japan, Rika Okamoto came to New York in 1989 and began training with Martha Graham. Okamoto first danced with Twyla Tharp in 1993 as a principal dancer in Tharp’s work “Demeter and Persephone,” made for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Currently Okamoto teaches Tharp’s Technique Class and Repertoires. She also dances for Tharp and assists in the development of Tharp education programs. She has been a guest teacher at many colleges and institutions worldwide.
Alexander Brady

Alexander Brady

Alexander Brady began dancing in 1977 and trained at the Boston School of Ballet and the School of American Ballet. As a professional dancer, he began at the Joffrey Ballet for four years before working as a soloist with Edward Villella at Miami City Ballet for seven years. He began working with Tharp in 2000. Brady has been an original cast member in over 10 Tharp works and currently is working directly with Tharp to create and disseminate training and education programs for professional and non-professional dancers.
Matthew Dibble

Matthew Dibble

Matthew Dibble began his training at the Royal Ballet School. After five years with the company he danced with K Ballet in Japan and joined Twyla Tharp Dance in the US where he danced roles in Movin’ Out and Come Fly Away. Matthew also danced for the Scottish Ballet, Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied. Today, he dances and sets works for Twyla Tharp around the world.
John Selya

John Selya

John Selya trained at the School of American Ballet. Mr. Selya then went on to join American Ballet Theatre, where he met Twyla. John danced and choreographed at A.B.T. until 1999. Following his departure from A.B.T., he joined Ms. Tharp's own company and went on to create new works, tour and perform in Broadway shows choreographed by Twyla. Mr. Selya has also served Twyla in the capacity of director, repetiteur, and teacher.