Robert Battle, originally from Miami, Florida, is a graduate of the
New World School of the Arts, where he trained with Gerri Houlihan.
He earned a BFA from The Juilliard School, under the direction of
Benjamin Harkarvy, where he studied choreography with Bessie Schoenberg,
Elizabeth Keen and Doris Rudko. While at Juilliard, he received
a Princess Grace Dance Scholarship and the Martha Hill Prize. After
graduation, Mr. Battle joined the Parsons Dance Company, with whom
he danced for seven years.
His choreography has been performed by the Parsons Dance Company
in Sydney, Australia, Italy and across the United States. His works
have been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey
II, Hubbard Street 2, Dallas Black Dance Theater, The Juilliard
School, Introdans, Paradigm, Ruth Rosenberg Dance Ensemble, Evolving
Arts Inc., the Repertory Etudes Project, Perry-Mansfield Performing
Arts School and Camp and Point Park College, among others. Mr. Battle
has been on the faculty at the New York State Summer School for
the Arts, and the American Dance Festival, and has been a Master
Teacher at Wesleyan University, Brown University, Skidmore College,
COCA in St. Louis and New World School of the Arts.
In 2002, Mr. Battle established his own company, Battleworks, which
has performed in Germany, South America, New Orleans, St. Louis
and Jacob's Pillow, among many other places. In December of 2004,
Mr. Battle’s latest commission for the Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater, Love Stories, premiered at City Center. In the summer
of 2005, Battleworks gave its second New York Season at the Dance
Theater Workshop, performed at the American Dance Festival, and
had a seven week long residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University.
In the coming months, Battleworks looks forward to company residencies
at New World School for the Arts, SUNY Brockport, Skidmore College,
and Marymount University. The company will also have its third New
York Season, on a shared season with PARADIGM, at the Joyce Theater
in May 2006. For more information, please visit battleworksdance.com