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NY Tribute to Pedro "Cuban Pete" Aguilar
January 28, 2009

Craddock Management LLC

1925 South Oak Haven Circle

North Miami Beach, FL 33179

Tel :305-931-3336, Fax: 305-933-3357, www.salsapower.com/cubanpete






(June 14, 1927 – January 13, 2009)


You are cordially invited to join hostesses, Barbara Craddock and Denise Donay, for A Tribute to Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar on Sunday, February 22, 2009. The event will be held from 3 – 7 PM, at Boys & Girls Harbor, Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, conveniently located at 1 East 104 Street, New York City. In addition to his illustrious career, he was also a Father, a brother, and a friend to many. Mingle with Cuban Pete’s family and friends, share memories, and remember his legacy and accomplishments.


Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar is the name that will be forever synonymous with “clave,” the rhythmic structure of Latin dance and music. A true Palladium Mambo icon, he invented scores of dance movements and hand embellishments viewed as the standards of Latin dance today.  He began performing professionally with Millie Donay in 1951, and the two set the dance world afire with their sizzling mambo and sensual guajira. He went on to perform in movies, television, stage, and danced for American Presidents, heads of state and dignitaries, as well as serve as choreographer and consultant for the film, “Mambo Kings.”  A gifted expert in the history, culture, and artistry of Latin dance and music, he and Barbara Craddock performed, taught, and lectured worldwide, since 1998. The duo made dance history by collaborating with Miami City Ballet on their unprecedented work, “Mambo No. 2 a.m.,” and they conceptualized and choreographed an original ballet, “Latin Magic,” for the University of the Arts School of Dance.


Referred to as the greatest mambo dancer ever, by LIFE magazine, Tito Puente and George Goldner of TICO Records, Cuban Pete did not rest on his laurels but continued to make significant contributions to Latin dance culture well into his 81st year. The recipient of numerous awards for his devotion to Latin dance artistry, he is archived in the Smithsonian Institute and RAICES Latin Music Museum.


Dance to the memory of the “King of the Latin Beat,” with a deejay playing many of Pete’s favorite tunes, as well as classic and contemporary salsa, and enjoy a star-studded professional dance show at 5 PM.


Minimum donations of $5.00 per person will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will fund the newly established Cuban Pete & Barbara Craddock Dance Scholarship Fund, benefiting Boys & Girls Harbor. A Latin light-bite menu will be available for purchase.


For additional information, please contact Barbara Craddock at 305-931-3336 or cubanpeteent@aol.com.


For directions to Boys & Girls Harbor, please visit www.mapquest.com.