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Robert Battle is a popular dancer, dance composer, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's artistic director.
Robert Battle was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on August 28, 1972. Robert Battle is a known personality in the performing arts industry and has studied dance throughout his professional life.
Dancer and artistic director, Robert Battle, has an estimated net worth of around $5 million. He is one of the most successful dancers in the United States of America and has earned recognition throughout the world.
The exact annual income of Robert Battle is not known and will vary depending on his performances, sales, and work as an artistic director at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
There is no information available about the height of Robert Battle.
Robert Battle was born on August 28, 1972, in Jacksonville, Florida. He celebrated his 50th birthday in August 2022 and his zodiac sign is Libra.
In his early life, Robert Battle was raised and taken care of by his uncle, Willie Horne, and his cousin, Dessie Horne. The names of his parents are not known.
However, there is a lot of information related to his education and academic background, as it formed the basis of his success. Robert Battle first studied dance at the New World School of the Arts, a reputed high school of performing arts in Miami, which was founded in 1987. He studied under the guidance of Daniel Lewis and Gerri Houlihan, while studying under a scholarship. He later completed his Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts at Juilliard School, founded in 1905, in New York City, where he was under the guidance of his mentor, Carolyn Adams, who was the star of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Battle has reported that his mentors influenced his style and added to his determination to succeed.
At present, there is no information available relating to the past or present relationships of Robert Battle.
After graduating from Juilliard School in 1994, Robert Battle joined the Parsons Dance Company. In 1998, he made his debut on-stage performance for an audience, at Parsons. His choreography was well received by the audiences and critics.
In 2001, Robert Battle parted ways with the Parson Dance Company, moving forward to start his own group called the Battleworks Dance Company. The company first made its appearance at the Global Assembly of the World Dance Alliance, as an American representative in Düsseldorf, Germany. The following year, the company performed at a number of festivals and events, including the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival.
Robert Battle came to be known for his fast-paced and challenging choreography, that had the ability to draw the audiences' attention. In 2001, he directed the choreography of a piece called 'The Hunt', performed by six male dancers. The run time of this act was 13 mins and it was packed with an intense soundtrack filled with thunder and beats. The dance sequence saw the dancers in a hunting position. Battle found the inspiration for this dance piece through martial arts and saw the dancers flinging themselves to extreme physical and emotional limits. This dance piece received lots of praise from notable figures in the dance industry.
Robert Battle has also worked on other notable dance pieces for the company, such as 'Juba' in 2003, and 'In/Side' in 2009.
In 2011, Battle received the directorship of the Ailey Company, due to his long-standing connection with the company. He was named the successor by Judith Jamison, the former director. He showed tremendous responsibility to the company and has contributed numerous works to the company's repertoire.
Robert Battle has been the recipient of many awards. He won the Martha Hiller Prize, titled the Martha Hill Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance, and the prestigious Princess Grace Statue Award, in 2007. In 2005, he was honored with the Master of African American Choreography by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, Robert Battle was named a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow.
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