May 18, 1940
|Died||January 20, 2015 (aged 74)|
|Education||New York School of Interior Design|
|Occupation||Fancer, choreographer, competition judge|
Barbara Craddock (May 18, 1940 – January 20, 2015) was an American professional dancer and choreographer specializing in Latin dance and an internationally accredited dance competition judge. She was the dance partner and manager of Pedro "Cuban Pete" Aguilar for 11 years until her death in 2009.
Craddock was born Barbara Miller in New York on May 18, 1940. She began dancing at the age of five and became a professional ballroom dancer at the age of 15. She later went on to earn a degree in interior design from the New York School of Interior Design. In the 1960s-70s, she performed in New York and New Jersey with Kiko Fernandez. In the 1980s, she went on to South Florida, where she performed a two-woman revue, Invitation to the Dance with Marilyn DeLee and Olga Suarez. She also taught workshops and lectured on the history of Latin dance as well as judged dance competitions.
Craddock had met Aguilar multiple times at international dance events since the 1950s, though they did not officially become a team until 1998.
Craddock and Cuban Pete were inducted in the International Latin Music Hall of Fame and were the first Latin dancers to be awarded the Latin Jazz USA Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2007-2008 Ms. Latina International Pageant. In 2003 they were also given lifetime achievement awards from the Norwegian government and Norwegian Dance Association for their contributions to Latin dance.
- Barbara Craddock bio
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- "Latin Jazz USA names recipients of the 2007 Latin Jazz USA Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Awards"[permanent dead link]
- "Barbara Miller Craddock". Find A Grave. Retrieved 25 March 2019.