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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Highlights The Importance Of History In Dance

(Left to Right) Choreographer Donald Byrd and Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle talk about an upcoming performance on today's "City Lights."
(Left to Right) Choreographer Donald Byrd and Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle talk about an upcoming performance on today's "City Lights."
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When the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre returns to Atlanta each year, it’s a joyous occasion like a family reunion, if your relatives happened to be brilliant dancers.

The ensemble will perform at the Fox Theatre from Feb. 20-23.

Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle and choreographer Donald Byrd will speak at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event, “Greenwood & Stories From The Soil: Reveal, Remember, Reconcile” is free and open to the public.

Battle and Byrd joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to talk about the dance.