Battle, who recently released a new CD, a dazzling set of classic jazz favorites titled “Hinton Battle: Something New,” has also spread his artistic tentacles overseas, where the TV Tokyo Network in Japan will soon begin airing his new dance audition project, “Road To Broadway Produced by Hinton Battle,” during their popular program, “Hakkutsu-
Closer to home, Mr. Battle has signed on as Choreographer for the Jones-Haywood Dance School in Washington, DC. Founded in 1941, the school has trained students of all races and socio-economic backgrounds, who have gone on to perform with the Alvin Ailey Company, the Royal Netherlands Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Philadanco, the Washington Ballet and several Broadway productions, as well as some beginning careers as choreographers and dance educators themselves. Hinton will add his skillful brand of creativity and dance savvy to their curriculum. He also is the star of the audio book, The Children's Book of America (Simon & Schuster), written by William J. Bennett, that's filled with history and folktales, songs and poems, heroes and everyday Americans.
With his worldwide influence, the brilliant, accomplished Hinton, who is perhaps best known for his stand-out performance as the Scarecrow in the memorable Broadway production of “The Wiz,” has delighted audiences for three decades on Broadway, including earning the coveted Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “The Tap Dance Kid,” “Sophisticated Ladies” and “Miss Saigon.” Other Broadway turns include: “Dreamgirls,”
Commonly called a triple threat (singing, dancing, acting), Battle's talents are not a threat – indeed, they're a promise! To witness this consummate performer in action is to be given an exciting, special gift. Like a rare diamond, Hinton Battle is a one-of-a-kind gem, whose brilliance is undeniable.