The Masquerade Dance

Inspired by a very real and incredible young man, The Masquerade Dance tells of a boy who is mesmerized by the “drum drum drum” of the masquerade beat and whose biggest dream is to dance the masquerade.
It is parade day in St. Kitts-Nevis carnival and Saulo is excited to see the masquerades perform, dance, and drum, drum, drum. But things don’t go quite as planned.

Be careful, you too will fall in love with the masquerade dance after reading this rhythmic tale told in rhyme.

The masquerade is a performance with Yoruban roots, influenced by indigenous Caribbean styles and European dance forms, and performed in many Caribbean islands, including St. Kitts-Nevis where it is an integral part of the carnival festivities.


Published April 15, 2019
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For Children Ages 5-8
Written by Carol Ottley-Mitchell
Illustrated by Daniel J. O’Brien
ISBN: 978-1-7338299-0-8 (Paperback)
978-1-7338299-1-5 (Hard cover)