Topical Talks

These workshops are deeper sessions with a focus on growing the community on different intersectional topics. We’ll share experiences, good practices, thoughts, and doubts. These sessions are suitable for any participants and almost a must for people involved in organizing or very active in the swing dance community.

Location: Tolhuislaan 10, 9000 gent

Times: 14:30 – 16:30

Towards a more social diverse & inclusive community – Led by multiple people and organizations

In order to create a welcoming swing dance community, it’s important to listen to people from different groups, who identify differently, who are not privileged, or don’t feel welcome in the swing dance community. We are happy to welcome guests who can share the issues and needs of those groups. In this topical talk, we offer a better understanding and some best practices for you to take home in your own local community.

A black cultural perspective on the community – Led by Stephen Atemie for CVFC

What does that mean Black Cultural perspective? And why is it relevant for us to understand? In this deeper session, Stephen assisted by some other black folks will guide you through a better understanding of how we can respectfully be guests in the swing dance community. In this session, we’ll create space for Q&A and take home practical tricks to move together forward. 

The Jam – Led by Kelly Isaac

We will follow the life of Jelly Roll Morton from New Orleans to New York, we will try to unpack from this journey some of the complexities of self-perception, ego, and what race really means. Using clips, songs, lyrics, and interviews from the Broadway cast and director of Jelly’s Last Jam, we will try to share the story of what it is to be African American, what the music meant and still means to the culture, and hopefully honor those who lived and created throughout the history of jazz.