Craddock Management LLC / Cuban Pete Enterprises
1925 South Oak Haven Circle, North Miami Beach, FL 33179
Tel: 305-931-3336 Fax: 305-933-3357 www.salsapower.com/cubanpete
Pedro ACuban Pete@ Aguilar, the AKing of the Latin Beat,@ is a legendary dancer known
worldwide for his talent and passion for the mambo genre. His signature style made him an icon
on the dance floor and continues to confirm his title, AMaestro of Mambo,@ which he first earned
in the 1950s. Also regarded as AMr. Mambo@ and AThe Prince of the Palladium,@ Cuban Pete won
close to 100 prizes at New York=s premier Latin dance palace during the mambo era, and became
one of its weekly performers. He invented scores of dance movements and hand embellishments
now seen as standards of Latin dance, and is credited with introducing the guajira (which he calls
half bolero, half beguine) to North American fans.
Modern audiences may know Pete best for the work he did behind the scenes, as choreographer
and consultant for the hit movie Mambo Kings, whose stars B actors Armand Assante and
Antonio Banderas B were his willing pupils. Cuban Pete=s thorough understanding of the era
depicted in the film influenced everything from the dance style to the clothes to the interior look
of the Palladium, and ensured the movie=s feel of authenticity.
Referred to as the Agreatest mambo dancer ever,@ by LIFE magazine, Tito Puente and George
Goldner of TICO Records, Cuban Pete does not rest on his laurels but continues to make
significant contributions to the Latin dance culture. He continues to dance professionally, coach
teams for competition, and has served as an adjudicator for many prestigious Latin dance events,
including the 2005 Mambo King Latin Dance Competition, and the 2005 Fiestas Patronales
Dance Competition, amongst others. Pete has accreditation from the National Dance Teachers of
America, the National Dance Council of America, and the International Dance Organization.
With dance partner, Barbara Craddock, he helped make history