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Two Cuban ballet defectors to make U.S. debut in Miami

Posted on Saturday, 09.15.12

Two Cuban ballet defectors to make U.S. debut in Miami

By Jordan Levin

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Two principal dancers with Cuba's Ballet de Camaguey have defected and

will make their U.S. debut in Miami Sunday.

Milena Teresa Garcia Valido and Julio Cesar Concepcion Mederos will

perform the Don Quixote pas de deux as part of the closing performance

of the International Ballet Festival of Miami at 5pm Sunday at the

Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 East

Flagler St., in downtown Miami.

The pair left the Camaguey troupe, the most important in Cuba after the

Ballet Nacional de Cuba, while it was on a recent tour in Ecuador and

traveled to the United States on Sept. 5, crossing by land through Mexico.

"We are seeking greater artistic opportunities and personal ,"

Garcia said in a statement released by the festival. The two dancers are

staying with relatives in Miami, and reached out to festival director

Pedro Pablo Peña, who frequently presents Cuban dancers in exile, often

in their U.S. debut.

"We have always made every effort to make opportunities available for

exiled dancers," says Peña. "This is our welcome to Milena and Julio

Cesar to freedom and a successful artistic future."

Information and tickets for Sunday's performance are available at

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