She gave her first performance when she was 11, she got married when she was 16 and she moved to New York to study at a famous ballet school.
When she was 19 she became almost blind and she had 3 surgeries, but they did not work. Instead of giving up she learned to dance blind and the people she danced with had to know exactly where to stand. They also used different lights to help her.
She became the first dancer from the Western Hemisphere to perform in the soviet Union.
She returned to Cuba in 1959 to open the National Ballet of Cuba, she danced until she was 70.