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Mas Makers Massive

In existence for two decades Mas Makers Massive exists to teach and promote the Carnival Arts tradition or costume, music and dance indigenous to the West Indian nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
For 2005 MMM is showcasing the folkloric tradition of dance that attained international prominence under the influence of Trinidad born dancers Beryl McBurnie and Boscoe Holder.
Included in the 2005 portrayal are student from Far West Middle School and Washington manor Middle School. The band is led by Stephen Tiffenson. Artistic Director and costume designer is Kyle Hill. Special choreography by Linda Johnson

Trinidad and Tobago's First Lady of Dance,



Many of the big names in folk dancing, especially those who brightened the era of the Little Carib theatre, did so through the tutelage and inspiration of Beryl McBurnie, and together they transformed this theatre into a temple of vivacious dance. The battle that Beryl fought to gain acceptance of the Trinidad folk dance was a long and hard one, and the wide success she eventually enjoyed, thereby helping to change attitudes, must stand among the trophies of her life.

In 1945 she once again returned to the local scene and after a short and active period she left for the Sorbonne in Paris, then spent a period in England.  She followed this up by doing research into folk forms in Cayenne, Brazil and Suriname.  It was in Suriname, in 1947, that she saw a simple and charming schoolroom, which gave her the idea of a theatre house she had had in mind.  When she came back home she erected a building after that style and called it "The Little Carib"in the backyard of her mother's home on Roberts Street, Woodbrook.

 The opening of "The Little Carib" in 1948 was one of the great occasions in Trinidad theatre history.  The great American baritone singer, Paul Robeson, was here for the occasion.

Adopted from Beryl by Michael Anthony People of the Century Express April 12, 2000 & Beryl by Terry Joseph Express: March 31, 2000


Arthur "Boscoe"


Arthur Holder was given the nickname "Boscoe" by his mother who, while pregnant with him, saw the 1918 American silent movie "Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley" which featured Mary Pickford as Amarilly Jenkins and Tom Wilson as "Boscoe" McCarty. The older brother of famous American film actor Geoffrey Holder, Boscoe was exposed to the piano at a very young age. He began his professional career playing music, but turned to painting and dancing as a teenager. Both his dancingTempo by Geoffrey Holder interpretations and his paintings reflected the Afro-Caribbean experience, and he hosted his first art exhibition in 1937. During the 1940s, he had his own radio show "Piano Ramblings" on the Armed Forces radio station, and formed his own dance troupe, Boscoe Holder Dancers. He became a minor celebrity with  the Americans stationed at their base at Chaguaramas. Boscoe's development as an artist was greatly influenced by his exposure to the confidence and poise of Martiniquan Creole society when he visited his mother's birthplace, Martinique, in 1946. In 1947, he moved to New York, USA, where he taught at the Katherine Dunham School and exhibited his paintings. He returned to Trinidad in 1948 but left for England in 1950 to pursue a career as a dancer. He formed the dance company Boscoe Holder and His Caribbean Dancers and appeared on British television in "Bal Creole." He performed at popular clubs and theatres in England (London), France (Paris, Nice), Monaco (Monte Carlo), and Belgium (Ostend), where he had the privilege of performing with the renown dancer, Josephine Baker. While based in England, he continued to  develop his skills as a painter and held impromptu exhibits on his dancing tours, briefly returning to Trinidad from 1961 to 1962.Since Boscoe Holder's return home to Trinidad in 1970, he has concentrated mainly on his painting, and has exhibited in Puerto Rico, Cannes, Curaçao, the Bahamas, Martinique, Guyana and Jamaica. and opened a studio at his home on Woodford Street in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain. The Government of Trinidad & Tobago awarded him the Hummingbird Gold Medal and named a street in his honour in 1973. In 1978 he was the recipient of Venezuela's highest decoration, the Order of Francisco de Miranda.

Adopted from &

Coleen Tiffenson


Stephen Tiffenson
Director Mas Makers

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