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Barbara Craddock
was born in New York on May 18, 1940 and passed away on January 20, 2015 in south Florida. She was a professional dancer since the age of 15, although you can clearly see that she knew she loved to dance even earlier than that!

A schooled ballroom dancer who specialized in Latin dance, Barbara also trained in ballet, tap and jazz, and studied voice and piano. She brings more than 40 years of teaching and performance experience to the dance floor.

Barbara was accredited by the National Dance Council of America, the National Dance Teachers of America, and she held an international Adjudicating license from the International Dance Organization (IDO). Barbara judged numerous events, such as the 2005 Mambo King Latin Dance Expo & Dance Competition, 2005 Fiestas Patronales Latin Dance Competition, 2004 Mambo King Latin Dance Expo & Dance Competition, and other events.

Barbara Craddock - 1974

She was the dance partner and manager of Cuban Pete. In the 60's and 70's, she performed in "nightclub" styled programs in the New York/New Jersey area with Kiko Fernández.

In the '70s and into the '80s, she toured South Florida in a two-woman show called "Invitation to the Dance," a revue of dance styles from minuet to disco, with Marilyn DeLee or Olga Suárez.

Barbara Craddock 1957

Barbara partnered with renowned dancers such as Kiko Fernández, Marilyn DeLee and Olga Suárez.

Barbara Craddock - 1978

Together with Cuban Pete, she was the choreographic consultant and instructor for Miami City Ballet's "Mambo No. 2 a.m.," under the direction of Edward Villella, and choreographer for "Latin Magic," an original mambo ballet for the University of the Arts School of Dance.


Fiestas Patronales Benefactor Award - 2005,
3 Kings Productions Company Lifetime Achievement
- 2004
Key to the City of Fort Myers, FL
- 2004,
Lifetime Achievement Awards & Citations
: The Annual Norwegian Salsa Congress - 9/20/03,
- 04/25/01, St. Stephen Catholic School - 2001.


Barbara was a skilled lecturer on the history of Latin Dance and with Cuban Pete hosted lectures and workshops. |More...

Barbara Craddock 1978 in Miami Beach

Barbara Craddock
Barbara was regularly featured in south Florida English and Spanish media, and had received national and international press coverage as a dancer. For complete information, see Barbara's Bio.

Notable live appearances included: Dedication of Tito Puente Way in New York, Tito Puente Tribute, 2nd Annual West Coast Congress All-Star Entertainment, Hollywood Palladium, Congreso Mundial de la Salsa in Puerto Rico & New York, halftime for the NBA development league's Florida Flames, and most recently at Palladium Memories at Jazz at Lincoln Center. For complete information, see Barbara's Bio.

Barbara had extensive medical research experience devoted to women's health issues. With Cuban Pete, she developed innovative dance programs designed for weight control and general well being. One such program was designed to aid in blood sugar control for diabetics and increase endorphin levels for those fighting depression. With the added benefits of maintaining muscle strength and endurance, both programs also benefited those with osteoporosis and could aid in its prevention.


Read Barbara's Biography in PDF format HERE



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