Dancer Says Ballet Was His Ticket Out Of Cuba

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Luis Valdes in the U.S.
Luis Valdes now dances for the Colorado Ballet.

Cuba is known for producing some of the best ballet dancers in the world. For Luis Valdes, who danced with the National Ballet of Cuba, it was a way out of his homeland. He defected in 2003, initially danced with the Cincinnati Ballet, and joined the Colorado Ballet in 2005.

Luis Valdes in Cuba
Luis Valdes danced in Cuba until he left the country for the U.S. in 2003.