Ministry of Sport and Community Development Mourns the Passing of Limbo Queen Nydia Byron

Port of Spain, May 22, 2024 – With deep sadness, the Ministry of Sport and Community Development extends its sincere condolences on the passing of the esteemed Limbo Queen Nydia Byron. Nydia’s extraordinary contributions to the world of Limbo Dance have profoundly enriched our cultural heritage, leaving an enduring legacy that will be celebrated for generations to come.

“In this moment of loss, we reflect on the extraordinary legacy of Nydia Byron, whose dedication to Limbo Dance has transcended boundaries, leaving an indelible mark on our cultural fabric,” remarked Minister Shamfa Cudjoe-Lewis. “As Minister of Sport and Community Development, I commend her outstanding achievements and unwavering commitment to preserving our cultural traditions. Nydia’s indomitable spirit will forever ignite future generations to embrace and celebrate the richness of our heritage.”

From her earliest encounters with the performing arts, Nydia Byron emerged as a luminary in Limbo Dance, a testament to her resilience and determination. Throughout her formative years, she passionately embraced the art form, earning multiple national titles and local accolades, including a historic hat trick of victories. Notably, Nydia made history as the first Trinidadian to headline a circus and was crowned National Limbo Queen of Trinidad and Tobago.

Her groundbreaking achievements not only brought her personal success but also paved the way for international acclaim, a testament to her global impact. This led her to serve as the Manager and Choreographer of the Caribbean segment of the UniverSoul Circus for six illustrious years. Nydia’s talent captivated audiences worldwide, with notable performances at Nelson Mandela’s 71st Birthday celebration in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in the presence of dignitaries such as former President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II.

In addition to her illustrious career, Nydia Byron was a dedicated mentor, generously imparting her knowledge to students both locally and abroad. Her commitment to inclusivity in the arts was not just a statement, but a way of life. Notably, she devoted her time to teaching dance at Goodwill Industries, an institution serving students with disabilities, showcasing her commitment to inclusivity in the arts.

Within Best Village, Nydia Byron’s influence was profound. Her mentorship propelled numerous groups and individuals to victory, ensuring the preservation and perpetuation of Limbo as a revered art form for future generations.

As we bid farewell to Nydia Byron, we honour her as a cultural ambassador, pioneer, and mentor. Her passion, talent and generosity will continue to enrich our cultural heritage for years to come.