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Robert Battle

Cultural Ambassadors to the World

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 04.15.2014 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

Known for its mix of classical ballet and modern dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, during a time when African-Americans had little access to classical dance.

Wild: Choreographing LIFT

Aszure Barton | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
Aszure Barton

In this moment, I experienced that familiar apex of excitement and fear -- the thrill of possibility, the anticipation of adventure.

How Much History Is Enough?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When a founder retires, the transition can be especially challenging. The organization was created specifically to support the vision of the founder. How does it support the new leader, and provide necessary visibility for a new vision, while recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the founder?

Beyond The Four Corners

Ronald K. Brown | Posted 08.11.2013 | Arts
Ronald K. Brown

Last year, I received a call from Robert Battle, Artistic Director for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. He shared with me that the comp...

Alvin Ailey Comes to Town and You Shouldn't Miss It

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 06.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Danai P. Maraire

If you've never had the chance to experience this particular dance company, there is no time like the present to discover what I already know: There is nothing like it.

The Global Search for Education: Where Is the Next Martha Graham?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.12.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

How important is dance to life? How important is oxygen to life? In American culture today, Martha Graham's legacy serves as a constant reminder of the importance of dance in our lives.

Alvin Ailey Dance Show Gets Audience Out Of Their Seats

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 03.04.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Imagine you're in the audience at, say, "Swan Lake," and the ballerinas you've been watching suddenly swoop over to your seat, envelo...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Alvin Ailey's New Artistic Director Is Raising The Barre With His Modernized Repertory

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 11.24.2011 | Black Voices

"The crux of every work is the transition," choreographer Rennie Harris said, reflecting on his new work, "Home," dance in general, and -- almost unwi...

Amy Lee

A Look Inside An Alvin Ailey Rehearsal

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 11.28.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- At the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in midtown Manhattan, an unfinished performance is about to begin. A small group of press an...

GAME CHANGERS: Innovators Remixing And Rethinking The Way We Live

Posted 10.03.2011 | Black Voices

The Age of Obama has been called "the End of Black Firsts" and the end of race. Although neither of those things are true, the discussion about what i...

Robert Battle Take Judith Jamison's Place In Alvin Ailey Dance Company

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Alvin Ailey's artistic director has announced a successor, a 37-year-old choreographer with a decade-long history with the world-reno...