SAN ANTONIO -- A first of its kind professional dance company celebrating Hispanic culture, but the dancers that make up Ballet Hispanico de San Antonio trekked a long way from another country with only the clothes on their back. These dancers are now living their dance dream in America.
"They come from Cuba, Venezuela, and the U.S. and I'm from Puerto Rico," said Mayra Worthen.
Worthen's vision to bring ballet with a Latin flavor twist started on a dance floor. Ballet Hispanico de San Antonio is unlike any other company. Most of the dancers are from Latin America.
Yanailet Lopez and her boyfriend, Eddy Soto, are from Cuba. Both heard about a new ballet dance company starting up in south Texas.
"Our future was always to dance," said Soto in Spanish.
So without thinking twice, they made the long trek to the U.S. They crossed through Mexico with only the clothes on their back and ballet shoes in hand.
"They were on the border for three days on the floor," said Warthen. "I kept telling them don't worry once you get through that will be the worse part. We are going to take care of you."
Warthen has lived up to her word they said. The big plus, being able to celebrate their culture through the dance they've loved since they were children.
Both said it is unreal to be in the U.S. getting to do what they love.
"Its amazing to have so much talent and we're learning so much from each others roots." said Warthen.