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
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 partnered with
renowned dancers such as Kiko Fernández,
Marilyn DeLee and Olga Suárez.
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
Award - 2004
Key to the City of Fort Myers, FL - 2004,
Lifetime Achievement Awards & Citations: The
Annual Norwegian Salsa Congress - 9/20/03,
NJN-TV - 04/25/01, St. Stephen Catholic School
Barbara was a skilled lecturer on the history of Latin Dance and
with Cuban Pete hosted lectures and workshops. |More...
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
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
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
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