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From Liberty City to New York: Robert Battle's journey to Alvin Ailey

As a teenager in Liberty City, Robert Battle browsed ballet books wondering if he could fit into that white-dominated world by becoming the first "black Baryshnikov."

Today, Battle is the artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He's only the third person to hold the position.

"I always had an image of myself sort of being some kind of leader, but I never could have imagined that this could happen," he says. "It's a dream come true, but a dream that I didn't even know I had."

Battle returned to Miami this year to lead the dance company through five performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The company performed "Awakening," Battle's first world premiere since he became artistic director in 2011.

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