November 16, 2004

DRY DANCING FEET:

44 in Cuban dance troupe defect: Seek US asylum; cite fear of not being allowed to perform (Steve Friess, November 16, 2004, Boston Globe)

In one of the largest group defections from Cuba, 44 members of a dance troupe announced yesterday on the steps of a federal courthouse here that they are seeking political asylum in the United States.

The dancers, musicians, and directors of ''Havana Night Club -- The Show" said they feared returning to Cuba because the government had threatened to no longer allow them to perform, so they were defecting before their US visas expire this month.

''This brave and bold action was taken in sorrow but firm resolve," said Nicole ''N.D." Durr, the German-born creator-director of the dance revue. ''The Cuban government had made it very clear that if they tried to return to Cuba they would not be able to continue their art, so they had no other choices."

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2004 10:58 AM
Comments

But . . . but . . . how can this be? Cuba has universal health care and 100% literacy. Fidel Castro is a respected leader. Even Stephen Spielberg likes him! Why would anyone want to leave Cuba?

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 16, 2004 1:15 PM

Just what this country needs, 44 more dancers.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at November 18, 2004 9:15 PM

Can never have enopugh people who dream of freedom and opportunity.

Posted by: oj at November 18, 2004 9:23 PM
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