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Extraordinary Talent of the Week: Alejandro Cobas

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Extraordinary Talent of the Week: Alejandro CobasExtraordinary Talent of the Week: Alejandro Cobas

Extraordinary Talent of the Week: Alejandro Cobas

Rod: he is 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.

Christie: he came by himself...but alejandro is most definitely not alone.

Carrie lazarus introduces us to our extraordinary talent of the week.

Carrie: nats at barre.

By the time he was eight, alejandro cobas dreamed of becoming a dancer.

He studied at the prestgious cuban school of ballet, and danced with a professional company.

But shortly before his 20th birthday, he realized his dream could never come true in cuba, where his parents and three young brothers live in poverty, sot 35:50 in: his mother is a tecnhnology teacher... cue; 20-dollars a month.

Nats so with nothing but the clothes on his back, and not a word of english, alejandro came to syracuse in january to start a new life.

Sot nats dancing.

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.

Sot 25:07 in: uh, hour... cue; yes, nods nats when the teachers found out alejandro was walking, they started giving him rides, 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.

Sot 26:00 in; he wants to be.

Cue; here inside or 14:19 carrie: 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 friday and sunday.

Christie: he really is extraordinary!

I bet our viewers are wondering how they can help alejandro.

Carrie: what he wants most right now is to earn a living teaching dance.

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.

We have the information on how to help at local

Look for the story on our homepage.

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