As one of Syracuse’s newest refugees, Alejandro Cobas came here in January to pursue his dream and earn some money to help his family back in Cuba.
He came all by himself, with just the clothes on his back and not a word of English in his vocabulary.
Our latest Extraordinary Talent of the Week dreamed of becoming a dancer since he was eight. He studied at the prestigious Cuban School of Ballet and danced with a professional company.
Shortly before his 20th birthday, he realized his dream could never come true in Cuba,
Interfaith Works found Alejandro an apartment and enrolled him in English classes. He found Syracuse City Ballet on the internet and sent them his resume— they contacted him immediately. Every day, he would walk to the studio on West Genesee Street, from his apartment on East Genesee Street.
When the teachers found out Alejandro was walking, they started giving him rides, and the families of the young dancers gave him warm clothes and have taken him into their extended dance family. When he calls home every few days, he reassures his mother that his dream is alive again.
Alejandro hopes his family can come to America one day to see him dance.
You can see him this weekend when Syracuse Ballet presents Snow White at the Crouse Hinds Theater on Friday and Sunday.
Alejandro wants to earn his living as a dance teacher, and the Syracuse City Ballet has created a fund that will be used to pay professional in-house dancers to work with its students.
They’re hoping Alejandro can become their first resident dancer.