The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Robert Battle

Share on Social Media

Information about Robert Battle

Profile image of Robert Battle

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Dancer
Choreographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Saratoga Springs, New York
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/28/1972
Birth Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Dancer
Choreographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Saratoga Springs, New York
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/28/1972
Birth Location:
Jacksonville
See how Robert Battle is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Dancer and choreographer Robert Louis Battle was born on August 28, 1972 in Jacksonville, Florida to Marie Battle. Three weeks after his birth, Battle was adopted by his great-uncle Willie Horne. He was raised by Horne and his daughter Dessie Horne. Battle started dancing in high school and graduated from the New World School of Arts in Miami, Florida. He went on to attend The Julliard School, where he graduated in 1994. Battle joined Parsons Dance Company where he performed and choreographed for the next seven years. During this time, Battle also choreographed his first piece for an Alvin Ailey Foundation dance company; the piece was entitled Mood Indigo and was performed by the Ailey II Company in 1999.

In 2001, Battle left Parsons to found Battleworks Dance Company, a company he directed for the next nine years. During this time, Battle developed a close relationship with the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, choreographing his first piece for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Juba , in 2003, and working alongside Judith Jamison and hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris to create Love Stories in 2004. He continued to provide material for the group and conduct workshops at the Alvin Ailey School from 2006 until 2008. In 2009, Battle’s work with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater culminated in the announcement by Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, that Battle would succeed her as the company’s artistic director in July of 2011.

Battle was named as one of the Masters of African American Choreography by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in 2005, and has received numerous other awards for professional excellence. He has performed or choreographed for venues such as the Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, the Dance Theater Workshop, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Robert Battle was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 27, 2010.

See how Robert Battle is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Battle's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Battle lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Battle describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Battle recalls his early artistic interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Battle describes his early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Battle remembers his early church involvement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Battle recalls the Performing and Visual Arts Center program
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Battle remembers the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Battle recalls the Liberty City neighborhood in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert Battle describes his early aspirations and mentors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robert Battle reflects upon his career path
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Robert Battle recalls his scholarship to The Julliard School in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Robert Battle describes his first year at The Julliard School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Robert Battle recalls his mentors at The Julliard School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Battle recalls his first involvement with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Battle remembers his role at the Parsons Dance Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Battle recalls becoming artistic director designate of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Battle describes his direction for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Battle talks about the role of tradition in dance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Battle describes his company, Battleworks Dance Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Battle describes how African American culture influences his art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Battle talks about the dance community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert Battle describes his current projects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert Battle shares his advice to young dancers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Robert Battle shares his mother's thoughts on his success
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Robert Battle describes his legacy and how he would like to be remembered