Patriann Edwards is a multidisciplinary performing artist, dance educator & independent cultural researcher from Trinidad and Tobago. Extensively trained in dance and the fire arts, Patriann holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts - Dance, from the University of Trinidad & Tobago.
Throughout her university years, she was trained by many esteemed dance educators including Sonja Dumas, Nicole Wesley, Terry David, Susan Mohip and many others. Her wealth of experience extends to over 20 years of performance, training & mentorship within the artistic & entertainment industry in the Caribbean and the United States. She has had the opportunity to perform & work with many of the Caribbean’s top Soca artists and also toured the United States as a dancer/firebreather with the UniverSoul Circus in 2018.
A former National Youth Ambassador for the UNICEF's XChange Program, she has participated in this international program which advocated for the cessation of violence and abuse toward children.
While attending university, Miss Edwards and a few of her peers were the first scholarship recipients of The Dance & Performance Institute, “New Waves” Summer Program. Directed and curated by Makeda Thomas, Patriann was privileged to be engaged in dance studies and artistic immersion with leading international dance artists, & dance scholars of the U.S & the Caribbean Diaspora including Dyane Harvey Salaam, Chris Walker, Makeda Thomas and many more.
Upon completing her undergraduate studies, she went on to receive and complete of the New Waves-Movement Research Institute of New York’s, MELT. Summer Intensive International Scholarship; being trained & mentored by artists Luciana Achugar, André M. Zachery, RoseAnne Spradlin, Levi Gonzalez, Donna Uchizono, and many others.
Recently, Patriann completed a dance scholarship from the Woodshed Dance 'Unrest & Survival' Dance Intensive, where she received the opportunity to learn from dance artists including, Michelle Grant Murray, Christal Brown, Tamara Williams, Millicent Johnnie, André M. Zachery, and many others. Ms. Edwards is currently a scholarship recipient of the Kieron Dwanye Sargeant Dance and Education Foundation pursuing the Dance Criticism & Aesthetics Course, taught by Gregory King.
A "Jane of many trades", Patriann continues to advance her artistic training, development & expertise independently, and teaches classes and workshops in the Afro-Traditional Dance Forms of Trinidad and Tobago and West African dance.
With a deep passion for her culture, Ms.Edwards aims to use her knowledge and growing expertise, to actively contribute to the accurate promotion, conservation and continuance of the rich, vibrant Afro-Traditional Dance Forms of Trinidad and Tobago, and that of the African Diaspora.