Patriann “Firegoddess” Edwards is a dancer, dance choreographer/educator, fire performing artist & movement researcher from Trinidad & Tobago. A dance major from the University of Trinidad & Tobago, she trained at the Neptune’s School Of the Arts & the Terry David Folk Performing Company under the National Best Village Program. Many years later, Edwards joined Wasafoli Trinidad & Tobago (under training by Fatou Sylla, Soriba Simbo Camara, Amara Kante, Njeri Plato, Akosua Akoto, Fode Lavia Camara & Sani Ijovudu & the directorship of Nisha Harding/dance & Xavier Phillip/drumming). Recognized as a known performer & creative choreographer in Trinidad & Tobago, she has worked for & with the likes of Trinidadian soca artists, Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Preedy, Xone, & recently, Jamaican artists, Grace “Spice” Hamilton & Vybz Cartel.
Patriann concluded a short tour as a part of the Caribbean Dynasty act, under the Universoul Circus. She also holds folk teaching certification & commendations and has impressive 15 years of teaching experience. An artist in training under the Makeda Thomas New Waves Performance Institute, Edwards currently pursues her artistic training and application to her independent international research on the unconscious African movement aesthetic within the Caribbean cultures. She aims to continue to break international barriers sharing her love and knowledge of Trinidad & Tobago folk dance and African culture, upholding her lifelong dream to keep the culture of Trinidad and Tobago alive. This is Patriann’s first attendance at Movement Research’s MELT intensive.