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July 26, 2017

Meet Isa Rodriguez, the Afro Cuban ballet dancer who overcame a stroke and paralysis to miraculously perform again and paint


Isa_and_wife_Miami Dancer/Painter  Isanusi Garcia Rodriguez was selected to paint the International Ballet Festival of Miami’s 21st festival poster. On Saturday, September 24th art patrons, friends, family and supporters, will celebrate his artwork and miraculous health recovery, at a closing reception /fundraiser at Miami Hispanic Ballet and share with the community his next phase of painting and choreography.

Also known as Isa, the former leading dancer with Miami City Ballet and member of the Cuban National Ballet, has used painting as therapy to help him return to better health and perform again. Stricken by a brain aneurysm nearly four years ago, he was left speechless and paralyzed on his right side.The road to recovery included tedious physical and speech therapy. Despite the physical pain, he was determined to express himself, so he poured himself into painting when he could not dance.  His colorful works of art will be on display during a VIP closing reception/fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale of his paintings will help Isa defray some of his medical costs.

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“We invite the public to join us in casting a vision for a series of new projects that will support Isa and his family as he continues his rehabilitation and investment back into the South Florida community that has been his home for many decades,” said Clare Vickery, Arts Patron and Owner of Grace Arts Center, FL.  Vickery plans to present Isa’s paintings at an outsider art show in December and hopes to have him co-choreograph an urban production of “Romeo and Juliet” early next year. (Rodríguez danced a leading role in MCB’s production of the ballet in 2011).

Isa just recently wed fellow dancer Christie Scitturo who has been by his side through the last few years of his rehabilitation.

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In the video below watch Isa and his mother, a former ballerina, perform September 10th 2016, at the International Ballet Festival of Miami. It was Isa’s first public performance since his injury in 2013.

To interview Isa Rodriguez contact senior publicist Tandi Wilder at She Got Game Media (305) 520-9703.

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