Despite his stunning rise, Battle remains humbly indebted to those who have helped along the way. "So many people, including my extended family... took me in and supported me. I think because of that, I always worked hard. I felt that I was given a chance and that I needed to utilize it."

His return to Miami will be an emotionally charged homecoming. The Miami dance community, including the many New World students he has influenced and inspired, will be there. Also on his guest list, Battle says, are "teachers, family members, friends of the family, and people from the church that I grew up in. I'm actually going to go to that church on Sunday. They're going to do a whole program and I'm going to speak to the young people. So it's going to be quite a celebration."

Battle's maiden footprint on the Ailey brand, his mark on the chemistry of modern dance, will be apparent not only with Home and Minus 16 but also with the troupe's inaugural performance of Arden Court, a piece by contemporary dance master Paul Taylor. And to keep it steady, both programs in the performance schedule will include founder Ailey's Revelations.

Ailey artistic director Robert Battle (center) and the dancers he invited to join the company for his inaugural season.
Andrew Eccles
Ailey artistic director Robert Battle (center) and the dancers he invited to join the company for his inaugural season.

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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Music Venues

Region: Downtown/Overtown

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Thursday, February 23, through Sunday, February 26, at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Program A includes Arden Court, Minus 16, and Revelations and will be performed Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Program B includes Home, Takademe, The Hunt, and Revelations and will be performed Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Annie Hollingsworth is a writer for ArtburstMiami.com.

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