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BY Tom LeGro  December 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM EDT

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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at its opening night gala at New York City Center on Wednesday. The dance company’s five-week New York season will be the first led by new Artistic Director Robert Battle, who replaced the retired Judith Jamison, the longtime face of the company, dancer and choreographer.

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