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Six Cuban Ballet Dancers Arrive In Miami After Defecting While On Tour

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23:  Dancers perform a celebration of Russian ballet during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Dancers perform a celebration of Russian ballet during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

Six dancers with the Cuban National Ballet have arrived in Miami after fleeing while on tour.

Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami director Pedro Pablo Pena says the dancers arrived from Puerto Rico over the weekend.

Pena says he spoke with four of the dancers Sunday and pledged to support them and offer an artistic space while they determine their next steps.

Despite the Cuban National Ballet's prestige, dancers routinely defect while on international tour. The first dancers defected in 1966 in Paris, citing political reasons. More recently dancers say they have left also for economic and artistic motives. Cuban ballet dancers earn on average no more than $30 a month.

Pena himself is an exiled Cuban dancer and has taken in numerous ballerinas throughout the years.

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