Artistic director Robert Battle helps Alvin Ailey troupe leap from history into the present

February 14, 2015 12:42 AM

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Artistic director Robert Battle helps Alvin Ailey troupe leap from history into the present

Robert Battle has been leading the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for four years now. But there are still times the Liberty City-raised artistic director can’t quite believe he’s heading one of the most famous dance troupes in the world.

Like the day last November as he waited in the White House to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of the troupe’s late founder, Alvin Ailey, along with Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw.

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