We join the local creative community in mourning the loss of dancer and dance pioneer Julia Edwards.
The First Lady of Limbo, Julia Edwards will be remembered for her role in popularizing this indigenous funerary folk dance.
Edwards, who first started dancing in 1947 with Boscoe Holder's Dance Company, formed her own dance troupe in 1953 and began performing at venues across Trinidad.
It was while they were performing at the Miramar Club in Port of Spain that they were recruited to perform in the film Fire Down below starring Robert Mitchum and Rita Hayworth.
Edwards performed the limbo from Africa to the US to Japan and India, introducing the flaming bar in 1959. She also toured extensively with calypso king the Mighty Sparrow.
We celebrate her legacy. We remember her contribution to our indigenous dance forms and extend condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
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