Principal dancer Octavio Mart‹n and his wife, Yahima Franco, crossed the border at Matamoros, Mexico, after a performance in Villahermosa. From there, the dancers took a bus to Miami, where they are now staying.
Franco dances with the company under the stage name Vanessa Franco.
Mart‹n said that Alicia Alonso, the company's director, denied him permission to dance abroad permanently. He and his wife plan to audition for U.S. companies, and have applied for asylum.
Rolando Sarabia, another principal dancer with the company, defected in August.