7 Dancers Abandon Cuban Ballet for USAApril 3, 2013 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES — A group of seven dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba left the prestigious company in the middle of last March in Mexico, en route to the United States, reported the Café Fuerte website on Tuesday.
Six of the artists, who had been touring Mexico with the famous dance troupe, have already crossed the border and are in Miami, where they requested “political asylum” from US authorities.
“We were determined to find a better artistic life and economic well-being for our families,” said dancer Annie Ruiz Diaz, 24, who confessed that the group planned their escape to the US while in Cuba.
This new departure comes a month after 21 members of the legendary Los Guaracheros de Regla carnival dance revue slipped away from their company while in Mexico to also head for the United States.
As usual in such cases, the Cuban media does not report when artists or athletes decide to seek their fortune elsewhere.