Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers

Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers, marks important dance heritage of Trinidad and Tobago and the world, as told through the fascinating histories of two Trinidad and Tobago dance pioneers, now in their seventies. Both Julia Edwards and Joyce Kirton tell their respective stories, full of challenges, humour and triumphs.

The dance history of Trinidad and Tobago often remains in the memories of those who executed it, and when they pass on, there is precious little left behind. This film looks at aspects of the local dance world and its impact through the eyes of two dance legends, Julia Edwards and Joyce Kirton, in an attempt to capture some of this history.

Now in their seventies, Julia and Joyce have together contributed over 100 years of dedicated work to the local dance community. They have been instrumental in the preservation of and innovation in countless traditional dance forms, and their commitment is echoed in the accomplishments of the dancers and choreographers who have come after them. This loving portrait is as much a tribute to these two pioneering women as it is a history of dance in T&T.

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Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers (2010)

Feature (61mins) Documentary Biography


Trinidad and Tobago




All Ages


Sonja Dumas


Sonja Dumas


Sonja Dumas


Marilyn Alfonso, Joy Dumas, Earl Edwards, Julia Edwards, Ray Funk, Charmaine Grant, Nancy Herrera, Vernon Hope, Helen Humphrey, Janis Hutchinson, Rosie Jackson, Roslyn Jackson, Joyce Kirton, Albert Laveau, Bill Trotman, James Lee Wah, Earlyn Williams

Sonja Dumas

Sonja Dumas is a performer, choreographer, writer and arts development consultant. She has written, directed and produced or co-produced six short dance films to date. The founder and artistic director of the Continuum Dance Project. Sonja has begun to produce films to document the history of Caribbean dance. Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers is her first work towards the effort.

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