Dance Theatre of Harlem- Soloist
Battle was born in Neubrücke, Hoppstädten, West Germany, part of the Baumholder Army Military Community, and raised in Washington, D.C. and New York City. His mother was a homemaker and his father a U.S. army officer. Battle’s talent became apparent at the age of nine. After three years of studying ballet at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, he received a scholarship to The School of American Ballet where he studied until the age of fifteen under George Balanchine. That same year, Hinton made his Broadway debut starring as the Scarecrow in The Wiz. After performing on Broadway Hinton returned to ballet and become soloist with both the DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM, under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, and the CHICAGO LYRIC OPERA BALLET, under the direction of Maria Tallchief.
Battle made his move to Broadway, debuting at 16 as The Scarecrow in the THE WIZ, which launched a Broadway career that includes: DANCIN’, CHICAGO, *SOPHISTICATED LADIES, *THE TAP DANCE KID, RAGTIME, DREAMGIRLS, and *MISS SAIGON. (* Designates Tony awards)
Battle has served as choreographer for films IDELWILD, LIL’ LOUIS, and (soon-to-bereleased) BOLDEN, THE ACADEMY AWARDS, THE SHIRLEY TEMPLE STORY, WB PROMOS, SISTER SISTER, THE GOLDEN GLOBE, and numerous commercials. He has choreographed & directed such theatrical productions as EVIL DEAD, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, RESPECT, and numerous workshops.
Hinton’s work in film & television include DREAMGIRLS, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, IDLEWILD, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, THESE OLD BROADS, THE SHIRLEY TEMPLE STORY, LOUIS, TRACY ULLMAN SHOW, JEFF FOXWORTHY, BOLDEN and many, many more [ sources: Wikipedia Stage Buzz.com]
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