Wednesday, October 22, 2014   

Eight Cuban ballet dancers defect to US
(06-10 16:16)

Up to eight members of Cuba's prestigious National Ballet have defected to the United States after performing in Puerto Rico.
''We know there are eight dancers who decided to leave the company and not return to Cuba,'' Jorge Luis Sanchez, father of one of the performers, said in Puerto Rico.
''Of those, some went on to Miami and others are in Puerto Rico, waiting to travel on,'' said Sanchez.
The Cuban delegation that traveled to San Juan included more than 50 people, including the ballet company's famous longtime director Alicia Alonso, 92.
The visually impaired prima ballerina returned to Cuba from New York just after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution.
The successful company she founded was for decades a centerpiece of the Cold War cultural offerings of the only Communist country in the Americas.--AFP   
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