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We parents would love to know what inspires a child to find his or her calling in life.

We even get tempted to choreograph their journey.

But life cannot be choreographed. If it could be, then a little boy named Robert Battle probably would not have begun his childhood so bow-legged he had to sleep with braces.

That is not the way you begin to choreograph the life of a choreographer and dancer.

Battle fell down a lot as a child.

Most importantly, he learned how to get up.

And, as we learn in this CNN Profile, falling down and getting up, with power and elegance, is at the heart of modern dance.

And no dance company does it with quite the grace and athleticism of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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