Sunday 21 July, 2019

PM Mottley reminisces on life and achievements of ‘second mother’

Barbadian dancer, Richild Springer, who recently passed away, is being remembered as a beacon of light on the local and international dance scene. 

Springer was schooled in classical and contemporary dance and was also lead dancer and choreographer of the Peter Goss Dance Company in Paris. In addition to being a world-renowned dancer, she was also god-mother to Prime Minister, Mia Mottley.  

In a statement, the PM described Springer as one of Barbados’ “preeminent creatives” who was known across the Caribbean and Europe as a “stellar modern dancer”. 

Mottley said she considered Springer a “second mother” and her death comes as shock to the family.  

“... it has come with shock because her illness was short. I am comforted by the fact that having seen her that I knew she was peaceful... and it really allows me to believe what the old people say about passing away because Richild passed away to another space where I have every comfort she is still dancing.” 

In her role as godmother, Mottley said Springer displayed a level of love and care she wishes all god-parents could emulate.  

“For her to take me as a young girl and to treat me always with an unconditional love that made me feel special is significant to me and I pray that everyone in this world has a god parent who gives them that sense of comfort and grounding.” 

Mottley said Springer’s success as an international dancer has inspired Barbadian creatives to pursue careers in the arts.  

“For many a young Barbadian, Richild inspired them to believe that they can make a living from dancing when at a time nobody believed you could make a living from the arts. She led the way in allowing us to know that we can be the best of who we want to be... so long as we did it with passion.” 

She added Springer will remain an “iconic artist” for Barbados who “dared to dream and dared to shine” and she is confident dance communities across the island will find an appropriate way to commemorate her legacy.  

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