5 Members of Cuba's National Ballet Stay in Canada

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
An official with the National Ballet of Cuba says that five of its members, including one of its leading dancers, have decided to stay in Canada after performing there.

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HAVANA (AP) - An official with the National Ballet of Cuba says that five of its members, including one of its leading dancers, have decided to stay in Canada after performing there.

The company, which is directed by legendary prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, had performed Giselle.

The National Ballet official was not authorized to speak to the press and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The person provided no more details.

The Montreal Gazette reported that among the Cubans was a principal dancer, Elier Bourzac, who said he was staying in Canada for "artistic" reasons.

The newspaper said the Cubans hoped to join Canadian dance companies.

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