october 9 to 15, 2023

Celebrating the Africanness of swing dancing


As part of the Euro-Africa Biennial in Montpellier from October 9 to 15, 2023, and in continuity with the action undertaken in 2021 on the occasion of the Africa France Summit (Off Program), the Swinging Montpellier festival is pleased to propose a project centered on the Africanity of Jazz dances. Three events will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2023:

A time for discussion around a lecture by Marie N’Diaye, followed by a discussion with participants,

A time for dance in the form of an educational jam workshop,

A time for social dancing with a Block Party.

sunday, october 15, 2023 - 9 a.m.


Conference “Africanité des danses Jazz” by Marie N’Diaye

Sunday, October 15, 2023 – 10am / 12pm

Musée Fabre Auditorium

free admission

Dancer, choreographer and researcher in dance anthropology and ethnochoreology, Marie N’diaye focuses her practice and research on jazz dances: their complex, hybrid African roots and their contemporary expressions.

10 a.m. – Museum doors open – Participants welcome
10:30 am – start of conference (45 mins + 20 mins discussion with audience)

sunday, october 15, 2023 - 11 a.m.

Educational Jam Workshop with Marie N’Diaye, Rémy Kouakou Kouame & Museik 1st

Sunday, October 15, 2023

12:30 pm / 2 pm

Musée Fabre forecourt

free admission

Rémy Kouakou Kouame (artistic director of Swinging Montpellier), Marie N’Diaye and the Museik 1st collective will introduce you to the music, dance and movement that form part of the continuum of jazz and African diasporic heritage.
All ages and levels welcome!

sunday, october 15, 2023 - 3pm

Block party
par Museik 1st

Ball: music & dance to share

Sunday, October 15, 2023

3 pm / 6 pm

Parvis de l’Église Saint-Roch

Museik 1st is a DJ collective featuring KouaDJo (Remy Kouakou Kouame), MLKM (Malkom) and BK (Belkacem). All 3 Montpellier-born and bred in the world of dance (Swing, House, Hip Hop & Salsa), they perfectly blend all types of dance with a hint of urban and clubbin music…
Their DJ set will take you from Afro to House, via Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and Amapiano. Dancers from all walks of life, or simply music lovers, get ready for an interactive performance that takes everyone on a unique musical journey and a frenzied desire to dance.

october 9 to 15, 2023