A Cultural Icon Passes On

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Theresa Hall - 7 November 1930 - 14 December, 2017

Theresa Hall, one of Saint Lucia’s great cultural icons passed overnight. For decades her name was synonymous with everything involving our creole culture, song and dance, representing her beloved homeland across the globe.

Well known by all in the L’anse Road area of Castries, she raised her family of sons and daughters with her husband.

Ma Hall, as she was affectionately known was loved by the children in her neighbourhood and around the island. She gave her time and knowledge on Saint Lucia’s culture creating an indelible stamp on the psyche of the nation.

In 1991 she founded Helen Folk Dancers, one of the island’s leading dance troupes, with students of the Castries Comprehensive and other secondary schools from around the island.

She was an authority on Saint Lucia’s national dress (in which she was quite often seen at special occasions) fostering a greater public appreciation for Saint Lucia’s culture, particularly among the youth.

Teaching arts and craft took her around the island as she passed on her skills and knowledge of local artistry. She also worked with the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association and served as a member of the local Poppy Day Committee.

A mother, teacher, dancer, actor, and cultural icon.

Born November 7, 1930, Mrs. Hall was 87.

Saint Lucia today mourns the loss of another great and irreplaceable daughter of the soil.

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