Hispanic Institute hosts free lecture on Latin music and dance history

The Hispanic Institute at Hodges University will host a free lecture on Latin music and dance history, Saturday, October 22, at 11:00 AM at Hodges’ Fort Myers campus. Barbara Craddock, a visionary of timeless clave-based Latin dance and music, will conduct the lecture.

During her discourse, Ms. Craddock will establish the influences of the dances and music from Africa and Europe, which merged in Cuba around 1803. This marvel is tracked through two centuries, culminating with today’s modern Latin dance and music culture. She will also discuss the history of clave, the metronome of Latin music and dance, tracing its roots from West Africa to Cuban Son to today's modern Salsa. Recorded musical segments will be used to augment the lecture.

Also included will be a concise summation of New York’s Palladium Ballroom and its role as the catalyst of today’s Latin music and dance explosion, including its shining star, Cuban Pete, “The Mambo Man,” and his contributions to today’s contemporary Latin dance styles.

Immediately following will be a showing of the first-cut edition of the documentary, “Mambo Man.” This film pays homage to Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar, one of the most famous, prolific and intuitive Latin dancers of modern times.

With a stellar professional dancing and teaching career, Barbara Craddock has produced and directed many original Latin revues. She performed, taught and lectured worldwide with Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar, from 1998 until his death in 2009. The duo made dance history by collaborating with the Miami City Ballet, and they conceptualized and choreographed an original ballet for the University of the Arts School of Dance in Philadelphia. The recipient of many awards for her contributions to Latin dance, Barbara is continuing Pete’s legacy by sharing her mastery and love of Latin dance and music, especially Mambo, by performing, lecturing and teaching.

Hodges University – Hispanic Institute is located at 4501 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For further information, please contact Carmen Rey-Gomez at 239- 938-7793 or crey-gomez@hodges.edu. This event is free and open to the public.

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