Dancer, choreographer and researcher (PhD), Marie N’Diaye focuses her practice and research on the Africanity of jazz dances, their complex, hybridized African roots and their contemporary expressions.

Marie N’Diaye is also an activist and board member of the Black Lindy Hoppers Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting dancers and artists from Africa and the African diaspora in Lindy Hop and Jazz.

She also heads the “Voices for Change” Collective, a non-profit organization created with other dancers and academics to provide a platform for addressing social issues in the jazz dance community. CVFC’s current focus is to address issues of cultural appropriation and racial inequality in the swing scene.