Miami native Robert Battle (second from right), artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, joined the dancers including Miami's own Jamar Roberts (second from left), for the bow at the end of the world premiere of his piece, "Awakening." The troupe performed the piece at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.
Miami native Robert Battle (second from right), artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, joined the dancers including Miami's own Jamar Roberts (second from left), for the bow at the end of the world premiere of his piece, "Awakening." The troupe performed the piece at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. PEDRO PORTAL pportal@elnuevoherald.com
Miami native Robert Battle (second from right), artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, joined the dancers including Miami's own Jamar Roberts (second from left), for the bow at the end of the world premiere of his piece, "Awakening." The troupe performed the piece at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. PEDRO PORTAL pportal@elnuevoherald.com

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