The Alvin Ailey Dancers are poetry in motion, and some of their grace and power is from South Florida. Jamar Roberts is a shining star with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, but his dance career started here in SoFlo, where this dynamic dancer graduated from the New World School of the Arts.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle Announces Program For Return To Arsht Center Stage February 23 - 26
Today, Artistic Director Robert Battle announces programming for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s return by popular demand to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for five performances from Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26, 2017. In conjunction with his visit home to Miami this week, he is also pleased to share news about the opportunity for local students to attend The Ailey School in New York City, thanks to the establishment of two Ailey Awakening Summer Intensive Scholarships supported by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
Back By Popular Demand, Internationally Celebrated Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns To The Adrienne Arsht Center For Its 2014 Miami Engagement, February 20-23, Led By Miami's Own Robert Battle
Led by Miami native and Ailey's Artistic Director Robert Battle, the highly-anticipated Miami performances are part of a 23-city North American tour that marks the 25th season since the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey. Building on last season's success, Ailey's sixth annual Miami engagement will newly reveal the power, passion and astonishing beauty that have become a hallmark of the company.
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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is based in New York, but in Miami it's had a hometown aura since Liberty City-raised artistic director Robert Battle took the helm in 2011. The company just finished its annual visit to the Adrienne Arsht Center on Sunday, and - with a spotlight on "Moonlight" and its Liberty City creators - this seems like a good time to look at what the troupe's performances say about Battle's leadership.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts reflects on dancing.
Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was prepping for an interview a few years ago and figured that, as head of a storied African-American troupe, he'd be asked yet again about black dance. So he called longtime mentor Carolyn Adams, one of modern dance's few black performers during her time with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.