Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns to Miami for Brief Engagement

Artistic director Robert Battle of Liberty City is elated to be back home

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    The renowned dance company is back in the Magic City with performances led by Miami's own Robert Battle. He and another Miami native, dancer Jamar Roberts, spoke about the engagement.

    The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is back in the Magic City.

    One of the world's most popular dance companies has come to Miami for five performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this weekend.

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    The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Company has been called "Cultural Ambassadors" by the US Congress. The legendary dance group has performed for millions of people around the world. Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the company, stopped by Live Miami at 11 to tell us more about their stop in Miami..

    The performances, led by Miami's own Robert Battle, begin Thursday night and run through Sunday.

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    Battle, who hails from Liberty City, leaped into the spotlight as artistic director in July 2011. Now in his second season, the Julliard graduate is elated to return back home.

    "I'm somebody who doesn't forget where he came from," Battle said. "It's not just because of sentimentality, but I need to remember where I came from in order to do the job that I'm doing."

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    The Arsht Center engagement features Miami native Jamar Roberts and 30 extraordinary dancers.

    The New World School of the Arts graduate is showing today's youth that you can achieve your goal when you are passionate about your gift.

    "I kind of found that dance kind of jelled with my natural innate energy that I have," Roberts said.

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