(WFLA) The newest member of the Sarasota Ballet traveled a long way to make his dreams come true.

Just last month, Edward Gonzalez defected from Cuba and entered the United States.

Now he's a member of a world renowned dance company and he's getting opportunities he never imagined back at home.

The 23-year-old Gonzalez was known for years as a performer for the National Ballet of Cuba.

But the pay is pitifully low and Cuban dancers don't have access to the latest advances in the industry.

So on March 28th, while on tour in Mexico, Gonzalez took a bus in the middle of the night and crossed into the United States.

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