CNN Profiles: Robert Battle director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater by CNN published on 2013/02/22 04:00:19 +0000 Robert Battle is the new Director of the legendary Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. He is just the third director in the theater's 50-year history. He was born to a single mother in a poor Miami neighborhood. Extremely bow-legged. Then adopted by family members who got him leg braces. He dreamed of becoming a preacher. But, at the age of 12, saw Ailey perform. That changed his dream. The bow-legged child of poverty became pro dancer, and now, head of the company. We hear his story on this week's CNN Profiles.